Mending Power

Recently, my oldest son introduced me to the mending power of Gorilla Glue. He helped me fix a dining chair with a wobbly leg the week before Thanksgiving.

Then, when one of my new Christmas Santas was knocked over and broke in half, I knew that Gorilla Glue was what I could depend on to put it back together. It’s proven to be very reliable.

A few days ago, one of my flip flops broke. The little piece that fits between my toes snapped in half. That was the third flip flop I had broken in the last two months. I guess I’m pretty rough on my flip flops.

I was about to throw the flip flops in the trash and then I remembered the mending power of Gorilla Glue and wondered if it could fix my broken shoe. So, I decided to give it a try. I mean after all, what did I have to lose?

To my surprise, the glue worked and I am wearing my flip flops again. Gorilla Glue works great!

But what should we do about those broken non-material things in our lives? Is there a reliable mending source for those intangibles that are far more valuable than chairs, flip flops, and Santa figurines?

Yes! God’s word is the number one reliable mender of all things broken.

Do you have broken relationships? Any scripture about love and forgiveness will mend relationships if applied as directed consistently.

Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Is your heart broken?

Psalms 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Are you crumbling under the weight of debt?

Luke 14:28 Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

Hebrews 13:5a Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.

Is your reputation broken?

Acts 24:16 “In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and men.”

Is your career broken?

Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Maybe you had plans for your life but something happened that was out of your control or you made mistakes that broke your plans apart.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

The list of broken things in our lives could go on and on. But the good news is that the Lord addresses all of those broken situations in His word. All we have to do is find the scripture that pertains to our particular brokenness and apply it.

What do you depend on to mend the broken things in your life? Alcohol, drugs, social media, complaining, or advice from others who are just as broken? Those are all temporary fixes that will only leave us more broken.

The mending power of God’s word is always reliable and lasts forever!

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

I have personally experienced the mending power of God’s word in my own life. I was once bitter, resentful, angry, and had trouble forgiving others blaming them for my problems.

Through the daily application of God’s word, prayer, and reliance on the Holy Spirit, those broken areas of my life are now mended. Now I live a life full of joy, peace, compassion, and love for others.

God’s word works! We just have to use it.

Pray and ask the Lord to help you with whatever is broken in your life. Then go to God’s word to find the solutions and do what God tells you to do.

Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Believe me, I know it’s not easy to do God’s word all the time but I also know that it is possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. One of the Holy Spirit’s jobs is to help us obey God’s word, so ask Him to help you. He will!

John 14:16-17a Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever–the Spirit of truth.”

I’d love to hear the go-to scriptures that God has used or is using to mend your brokenness. Please share them so we can benefit from them as well. Thank you and God bless you!

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

My Journey/Week 12

Week 3 of breast cancer radiation treatment is officially complete and I’m well into week 4. I’m in the home stretch of this journey. Yay! I’m definitely ready to move on to the next adventure God has for me. It’s been a long hard Summer.

Other than being extremely tired on a regular basis, I am also extremely thirsty on a regular basis. I once read that the first sign of dehydration is thirst.

I am a big advocate for drinking plenty of water. I drink a lot of it myself. The rule of thumb is to take your weight, divide it in half and drink that many ounces of water per day. I strictly adhere to that rule.

However, when I started radiation treatment that water drinking formula no longer worked for me. I found myself drying up. My mouth, skin, and eyes were all constantly dry. My throat was so dry it became hard to swallow at times. I was constantly needing moisture drops in my eyes and having to reapply lotion to my skin.

I don’t understand the science behind how radiation causes dryness but it does. My normal hydration routine was no longer working for me so I had to up my game. I have since significantly increased my water intake. Therefore, I have experienced little to no dry mouth, lubricated eyes, and less dry skin.

According to onemedical.com, the 6 benefits of staying hydrated are: prevents dry mouth, promotes cardiovascular health, keeps the body cool, helps muscles and joints work better, keeps skin supple, and cleanses the body – inside and out.

It’s just as important to keep our spirits hydrated as it is to keep our bodies hydrated. Without water, our bodies will dry up and fail to function properly. Likewise, without God’s word, our spirits will dry up becoming unable to function the way God intends. Several times in scripture, God’s word is referred to as water.

Ephesians 5:26-27 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

1 John 5:7-8 For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and they three are in agreement.

The intake of God’s word, not just once a day but several times a day, by reading it, speaking it, and hearing it, will keep our spirits functioning properly and energized.

Drinking God’s word regularly will prevent our spirits from becoming a desert wasteland, keep our heart motives pure, our tempers from over-heating, and clean us and change us from the inside out; eliminating those things that are displeasing to the Lord.

When our spirits stay hydrated with God’s word, others will actually be able to see the results in our speech, attitudes, motives, and behavior.

Jeremiah 17:8 “They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

What fruit? The fruit that is the evidence that God’s word and His Spirit are working in us.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

When our bodies are trying to heal we may need to increase our water intake. So it is with our spirits; when we are going through any type of crisis, we will most definitely need to increase our intake of God’s word. It’s essential to our survival and productivity.

Saturating myself with God’s word every morning and throughout every day has been extremely beneficial to me during radiation treatment. While laying on the treatment table, I have been able to recite scripture to myself quietly.

God’s word, in my heart and mind, flows out of my mouth, resulting in peace and increased faith. And it will do the same for you. All you have to do is drink it in.

So, lets not only keep our bodies hydrated but our spirits as well. Let’s be like a strong tree, planted beside constant flowing streams of God’s word; resulting in healthy roots that produce good fruit regardless of what comes our way.

~Patrice Maguire

Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Journey/Week 8

I’ve recently been contacted by the radiation oncologist’s office. My 1st appointment is set for this week. Part of me is ready to get radiation treatment over with. The other part of me doesn’t want to do it at all.

Yes, I’m still struggling with the thoughts of radiation side effects. But I’m also struggling with the idea of the return of breast cancer or possibly other cancers.

I notice that the more I focus on the negative circumstances or the “what ifs,” fear creeps in. But when I focus on the Lord, His power, and all that He has done, the light of faith disperses the darkness of fear.

There is a constant battle going on in our mouth, mind, emotions, and heart; it’s fear vs faith. The battle starts when we take our eyes off of the Lord and put them on our negative circumstances.

If you have a nice camera you may have a setting for blurred background. It’s called the aperture priority mode. You would set your camera to that mode, do some adjustments to the lens, then, keeping the subject closer to you than to the background, zoom in on your subject and take the photo.

When we stay close to the Lord and keep our focus on Him, zooming in on His character and His attributes, everything else will become blurred in the background.

Peter wanted to walk on the water with Jesus during a storm so Jesus invited him to do so. Peter, full of faith in Jesus and His abilities, got out of the boat and walked on the water. Then Peter became distracted by the storm and began to sink. He cried out to Jesus for help and Jesus rescued him. [Matthew 14:22-32]

As long as Peter kept his focus on Jesus, the storm was blurred in the background and was of no concern to him. But the instant Peter transferred his focus from Jesus to the storm, Jesus became blurred in the background. Peter went from faith to fear as soon as he took his eyes off of Jesus.

That’s exactly what I’ve been doing; focusing on the storm of breast cancer and all that comes with it. As a result, I’ve been sinking in fear and not walking in faith. The negative circumstances are in focus while Jesus is blurred in the background.

Keeping our focus on the Lord doesn’t come naturally. After all, the storm is loud, scary, and a natural attention-getter. We have to make a decision to focus on the Lord and then do all that it takes to stay focused on Him.

What does keeping our focus on the Lord look like? It looks like constantly putting God’s word in our eyes, mouth, ears, and heart.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

Faith comes from hearing the message about Christ. What is the message about Christ?

He has forgiven our sins, He has made us righteous, He has set us free from a life of slavery to sin, He has given us eternal life, He has healed us; spirit, soul, and body, He is interceding for us, He has sent His Holy Spirit to reside within us. The list goes on and on. The good news is, all we have to do is accept all that Christ has done for us. It’s a gift!

We can hear this message spoken to us and we can speak it to ourselves. As we do the light of faith will disperse the darkness of fear.

What storm are you going through today? Are you sinking in fear or walking in faith? What are you focusing on? The storm or the one who can rescue you and calm the storm?

Get to know God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Get to know them,  their character, and their attributes. Your faith in them will grow. As you zoom in on them and their abilities, everything else will blur in the background.

Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

~Patrice Maguire

Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worry is a Waste of Time

It was an extremely stressful time, at my husband’s place of employment, a few weeks ago. Employees were becoming unemployed left and right. Two-thirds of the employees were losing their jobs. Everyone was wondering if they were included in that fraction. Worry was definitly in the air.

Their mindset determined their behavior as they waited to discover the fate of their employment status. Some were physically ill; throwing up. Some were angry. Some were surprised and others were not so surprised. Some were hopeful while others were nervous. There was undeniably a smorgasbord of feelings and emotions on display that day.

My husband had a different attitude concerning the situation. He cleaned his office thinking if he was losing his job he didn’t want to leave it dirty for the next person. Then he sat down at his desk and proceeded to get plenty of work done. Everyone else was preoccupied so he had more time for completing tasks.

Most other employees were busy roaming around discussing what might happen to them. They couldn’t understand how my husband could sit at his desk and work while being surrounded by chaos and uncertainty.

My husband’s attitude was, “If I lose my job, I lose my job. That is something that is out of my control. And it doesn’t change the fact that work has to be done today.”

Was being worried about the situation going to help the employees keep their jobs? Was making themselves so sick with worry, that they were physically ill, going to secure their positions? Was walking around talking about possible scenarios going to insure their employment?

No! All of those things were a waste of precious time and energy. None of those actions were going to change the decisions that had already been made before members from corporate had arrived that day. Their employment status had already been decided.

Matthew 6:25,27,32,34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?Your heavenly Father knows that you need these things. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

When we see man as our provider instead of God as our provider, worry can and will easily set in. The world’s perspective is opposite from God’s perspective.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is; His good, pleasing and perfect will.

The only way to change your way of thinking, to coincide with God’s way of thinking, is by reading, listening and studying God’s word (the bible) and by praying; asking God to give you an understanding of His word and asking Him to help you see things from His perspective.

Faith is the opposite of fear. Fear results in worry. Faith results in peace and joy.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Jesus.

When we know the creator and sustainer of heaven and earth; we don’t have to worry. Things don’t always turn out the way we think they should but they are no surprise to God.

God has a plan and a purpose for all that He allows. He uses even the things that we perceive to be negative for our good and His glory. Therefore, worry is useless and pointless.

Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Instead of making ourselves sick with worry, let’s make better use of our precious time, spending it in prayer and trusting our all powerful, all knowing Heavenly Father. The creator and sustainer of all, knows what’s best for us. We just need to trust Him.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

~Patrice Maguire

Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

Take What is Yours

What if someone promised you something really awesome? It’s yours, all you have to do is claim it.

But what if claiming the promise meant fighting for it? Would you fight for what was yours or would you allow laziness, timidity, passivity, and excuses to keep you from taking what was promised to you?

I’m intrigued by the bible’s account of the events that unfold in the book of Joshua. God had promised Israel land flowing with milk and honey. All they had to do was drive out the current occupants.

So, what if the current occupants were bigger then them (giants) with iron chariots. No problem! God told them over and over again to not be afraid because He was with them and He was fighting for them.

All they had to do was show up and do their part. What was their part? Trust and obey. Easy Peasy right? Well, maybe not as easy as we think.

It was going to take tenacity, drive, and determination to take possession of the promise. Not all of Israel embodied that recipe for success. Some of them were passive fearful procrastinators.

So what is the difference between someone who is passionate about taking what is promised to them and someone who is passive about taking what is promised to them?

Faith! Faith in who made the promise. Faith in who is saying He is fighting for them. Faith is the secret ingredient in the recipe for successfully taking hold of the promise.

In the Fall of 2016, God told me I was going to write a book (when I say He “told me” I don’t mean I heard an audible voice. He spoke into my spirit. It’s hard to explain unless you’ve experienced it).

I had never written a book before. The only thing I had written was in my journal. I didn’t know the first thing about writing a book. But my first book was about fear and rightfully so because that is what I had to overcome (my giant) in order to move forward in obedience.

God has been faithful to show me step by step what to do in the process of writing a book and getting it published.

What was I doing? I was taking hold of the promise. I was trusting and obeying. I was being brave and courageous. I was driving out the occupant of fear; the fear of failure and rejection.

I chose to put my faith in God. A God that I had seen come through for me in the past over and over again. A God who has proven to be faithful to His word and character throughout my life. The same God that had proven Himself faithful to Israel.

Do I get discouraged? You bet I do! Do I sometimes want to quit? Yes! But the Lord always encourages me through His word.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.

Deuteronomy 20:4 For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.

What has God promised you? God has made many promises to all of His people. The bible is full of them. Has God promised something specifically to you? A promise just for you?

What’s keeping you from taking hold of that promise? Are you afraid of the giants of failure or rejection? Are you afraid of the giants of inadequacy or hard work? Are you making excuses for not taking what is yours?

Will you put your faith in the God who made you the promise? Will you put your faith in the God who is fighting for you?

Will you trust the God that loves you? Will you move forward?

The promise is yours. Take it!

~Patrice Maguire