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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THE SCALE...THE HARD TASKMASTER.

Gloria Phifer





TRY IT AGAIN?


When I was young, I don't even remember getting on a scale to check my weight.

It began in my 20's...trying to get back to a size 7.
I remember my friend and I lamenting about our weight...now I look at pictures of us and I think..."What were we thinking? we looked great!!!

But, it was all in our minds. We wanted to be a certain way...the way we were as teenagers.

Now, gulp, I am in my 70's...yes...yes...I know it's hard to believe (LOL). And now I wear a size 14. 

I have a tummy...I've had 3 children. Now 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren (oh sorry the last 11 didn't cause any weight (:

I recently went on an eating plan. It was very disciplined and I ate mostly their food.

It had worked for my friends???

I felt terrible. my head was fuzzy and I couldn't read the caption on the tv.

I visited my doctor...and as I was sitting there the thought came..."The scale is a hard taskmaster."

Wow!!! I had been letting the scale be a master?

I have now returned to eating normal. I laughed when my doctor said..."I just keep thinking you need to eat some sugar." (I had not even been having natural sugar...like fruits.)

I am feeling so much better and I have been contemplating...yes, I am over weight. But, I feel good. I am active. I am happy. I have a wonderful life. 

In all truthfulness...when I look at people I really don't see their weight. I think they are all beautful. There is something special about each person.

Sooo...why am I so hard on myself? Why don't I accept myself for who I am? 

Well, that is the point of this writing. This is what has been coming to me all week. 

Women are so hard on themselves. And I know I have been hard on myself. I need to love and give grace to myself as I do to others.

I'm giving up (Lord helping me) that cruel taskmaster...the scale. 

Lord, help me to concentrate on the good. In Jesus Name Amen. For the Word says in Psalm 139 "I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

Friday, November 10, 2017

THE GIFT OF SILENCE OF THE HEART

Gloria Phifer



It seems there is always noise.

It is not deafening but a constant blur in the background.

Usually, it is the television. Or a cell phone ringing.

It also seems like our world is moving faster and faster.

I sat on my couch one morning and sat in silence. Sometimes it is hard to get into quietness. The silence seems so strange. Shouldn't I be doing something? Praying? Reading The Bible? 

As I sat there, I knew I was waiting on The Lord. And I began to feel the peace...the quietness...the strength coming in...waiting...listening.

Many years ago The Lord gave me a song..."I hear You speak to me in the silence of my heart. I hear you call to me...come rest in Me."

I want to be still before The Lord...in the quietness...to hear His Voice in the silence ...the stillness of my heart.

Isaiah 40:31 "They that wait upon The Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I Am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

I have joined the FMF bloggers we write on one word for 5 min. The word was "Silence."

Saturday, November 4, 2017

WHAT DO I NEED?

Gloria Phifer

I am joining the bloggers at FMF...we write on one word...the word is "Need."

What do I need? 

Throughout my childhood I had "need." I needed love, security, stability, and even into my early 20's I had a deep "need."

I have written before about the void, the emptiness a heart feels. Nothing fills the void, the loneliness, the hurt, the pain. The feeling of being lost...wandering in a wilderness. Trying to fill that emptiness with something....but it never works.

That was the way I was...I had a "Need."

This what I discovered. No one else...nothing else could meet my need. My emptiness.

There is Only One Who fills the emptiness...the heart is empty without God. 

My need was filled when I asked Jesus Christ to come into my life. I found The One my heart was crying out for. We were made for God. He is our Creator...there will always be an emptiness until we come to Him.

Jesus Christ meets "The Need."

If you feel that emptiness "that need" in your life...pray with me...

"Lord Jesus please forgive me of my sins, I believe You died on the cross for my sins. Jesus, Lord, I receive you into my heart...I receive You as my Savior Amen.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

THE ULTMATE LIE.

Gloria Phifer





THE ARMOR OF GOD.


Through my life I have fought a lot of fear.

The biggest weapon the devil uses is fear. Fear of the future. Fear of what people think. etc. 

You wonder if such a creature, who uses fear all the time, isn't fearful himself?

Fear is "False evidence appearing real." The devil tries to convince you there is something to be afraid of...to fear. 

The Bible is full of 365 "Fear nots." One for every day. 

Jesus command was "Fear Not...be not afraid." 

Proverbs 3:25 "Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes."

So, what I see is, the devil will try to use fear against you. The Lord says "Do not be afraid!!!" 

Joyce Meyers says "the devil sets you up to get upset."

Philippians 1:28 "In nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.:

To me this means when the enemy attacks me with fear, and I do not fear...this shows him he has lost and I have the Victory through Jesus Christ. 

I use to fight fear when I was young. I remember, as a young Christian, The Lord showed me this scripture...2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

When I saw that fear was a spirit. I knew who I was fighting. I still remember standing in my kitchen, I felt The Lord right next to me, and when that fear showed up I spoke 2 Timothy 1:7 out loud with boldness. and that fear left!!!

Fear loves to take imagination captive. These are thoughts that are against the knowledge of God. 2 Corinthians 10:5 "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."

What is the obedience of Christ...He says "Fear not!!!" 

What is God's will? That you walk free from fear...walk in faith...resist fear...it is your enemy. 

Jesus Christ has given us the Victory and He has given us "Power, Love and a Sound, disciplined Mind."

Ephesians 6:10-18 "my brethren, be strong in The Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the full Armor of God, that you may stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil....

Do not believe the ultimate lie...remember the devil is a liar...Jesus said the devil cannot speak the truth, because there is NO truth in him. So when he comes with fear...Fear Not!!! Trust in The Lord!!!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

REFECTION ...STILL IN LOVE.

Gloria Phifer

I was sitting here at my computer and I began to reflect.

Time has passed so fast. I will soon be "74" yrs old. Wow!!!

Our children are grown and have moved out of state. 

We have 7 grandchildren and 2 bonus grandchildren. we have a bonus Great grandson and a Great granddaughter 3 months old.

We are retired. we have been since we were 55...thanks To The Lord for the way He worked everything out.

We will be married 54 years this November 26th.

Marriage isn't always easy, but The Lord uses it to change us. To love someone else more than we love ourselves. 

I was 19 yrs old. I still remember, the day after we got married I kept thinking, "I'm Mrs Gloria Phifer." 

I never had my own car...if you know my story, you know how my family was always on the move. It is interesting to me now that I never really tried to have my own car, even though my friends did. 

Now, as Mrs Phifer, I had a 55 Chevy. Wow! The little bit of money my husband had was now mine also.

I was also thinking...I am still in love. Yes, the love matures and is different from the beginning. But, I love to hear his voice. I like to be with him.(  even though he can't hear me much of the time).

I cherish the time we have together.

This was my reflection tonight. Love endures. love never fails.

Love has an essence, a sweetness in it's maturity. I wouldn't trade it for the world.



Thursday, October 19, 2017

TRUE IDENTITY

Gloria Phifer







Last week, when I was reading a book on "identity,"  I had a wonderful experience with The Lord.

The identity had to do with "fathers" and it has not been a pleasant subject or thought of mine...sometimes it was too painful and I didn't want to go there. ( I will say that The Lord has been bringing me back to this for years.)

That morning, I was remembering, when I was young, how people would tell me I looked like my "daddy". I thought he was my real biological father. we both had dark hair and hazel eyes. When I was ten my mother told me he wasn't my real dad.

My biological father lived in California. they had divorced when I was three. My mother told me I looked like him. And that he didn't care anything about me or he wouldn't have given up custody of me.

Yes, at 10 years old, you can have an identity crises. I couldn't look like the man I had called "daddy" because he wasn't my real dad. (also a few months later, still as a ten year old, trying to understand everything, the man I had called "Daddy", died.)

But, I looked like a man I could not remember seeing? and my mother told me I had his characteristics also? And that I reminded her of him?

As I was thinking about this...last week...The Lord said very plainly in my heart..."You look like your Papa God!!!" 

It was so real...so profound. It kept coming as if it was sinking deeply into me...I look like my Papa God. Tears came into my eyes and I began wiping them away. 

It is hard to explain what it is like when God makes something so real to your heart. As if the scales are falling off your eyes and your heart. A  revelation, that you know is true. It is really miraculous...I don't know how else to explain it. It is if He reaches down, pulls back a curtain, speaks and you know it is The Truth. 

I know...I look like my Father God...my Papa God....I am His child. I have His characteristics. He wanted me. He planned my birth. He had a plan for my life. I belong to Him...He is my Papa God.

I can't began to tell you what an impact that truth has made in me. I am no longer that little girl who didn't know who she was or where she belonged, or even if she was wanted? 

I have a Papa God...and I look like Him!!!

What a profound truth!!! He created me. He planned me. He saved me. He lives inside me, through His Holy spirit. I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. Wow!!! I look like my Papa God!!! That is my identity. That is my eternity...with Him.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

THE GREATEST INVITE

Gloria Phifer

I am joining bloggers from FMF...we write for 5 minutes on one word...the word is "Invite."


love is knocking


The greatest invite I ever received was from God Almighty. In fact, He invited me many times to give my life to Him, but I didn't understand what a wonderful "invite" that was.

Like many people, when things were beyond my control, and I was fighting fear...I began to consider the invite...what would it mean? What would it be like if I gave my life to Jesus Christ?

I found out that The Lord is a Gentleman. He will not force Himself into our lives. He loves us, and He loved us enough to come into this world, live among us and give His life for us so we could have forgiveness of sins...but He won't force salvation on us. He, in His wisdom, has given us free will.

There is a beautiful passage in the Book of Revelation..."I stand at the door and knock, if you will open the door, I will come in and have fellowship (relationship) with you. Revelation 3:20

There is a famous painting of Christ knocking on the door...if you notice there is no handle on the outside of the door...the door has to be opened from the inside.

Another scripture that shows Jesus gentleness is Matthew 11:29 "Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I Am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls."

How I longed for rest. How I longed for peace.

I opened the door of my heart and I invited Jesus Christ to come into my life. 

I had never known peace...real peace until then. I had never known real, unconditional love until then. I thank God, at the age of 22, I accepted The Greatest Invitation...my life was changed forever.

Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. Will you turn the inside handle and ask Him in? I will tell you with all my heart it is wonderful.