How to Decide about Face Masks

Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellers there is safety. ~Proverbs 24:3-6
 
Here’s an idea:
If you are confused about face masks, vaccines and social distancing,
 
If you are feeling fearful about making the wrong decisions,
 
If you are troubled by the state of our economy,
 
Or if you are angered by the political manipulation you see in our country (on both sides),
 
Go Read Your Bible.
Spend some time in prayer.
Meditate on the truths of God.
 
It will HELP you.
 
Because while you will not find “corona” in the Scriptures, nor will you find a step-by-step “how to” on fighting viruses, you will find CLARITY, WISDOM and PEACE as you spend time there.
 
You will learn God’s mind and heart, you will see His power and His Word will comfort your heart and offer balance to your spirit. Your mind will begin to filter things more clearly, and you will start seeing light where before was only darkness.
 

Sometimes, God’s will for us personally or for our family, may run contrary to everyone else around us. He may lead you in a way that is not easy or that seems illogical to others. But if HE is leading you, He will be providing for you, too.

But how can you know what His will is for you if you don’t know what He is saying to you?

Alesha Kay

Be brave!

II Corinthians 1:[8] For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

[9] But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

[10] Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

[11] Ye also helping together by prayer for us…

God delivered in the past and “doth deliver” even now. We can go bravely through this day, praying for those who are hurting around us…knowing that God can and will deliver.

Our faith in Him is not displaced. He is trustworthy. He is powerful. He answers prayer!

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Be brave for Him today!

In Him,

Alesha Kay

Thoughtful Thursday

Luke 11:[33] No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
[34] The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
[35] Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
[36] If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

These are dark days. We are all feeling the downward pull of persistently-negative news and ramped-up stories of disease and death.

Even our humor has turned quite dark.

And you can’t escape it…it is everywhere.

So, with that it mind, we must be reminded that we are the LIGHT of this world (Matthew 5:14)

If we aren’t sharing that light, we are guilty of hiding it.  And the above verses tell us that nobody does that. It doesn’t make any sense!

Are you allowing this dark world to overcome and diminish your light? Are you allowing the stories and news and posts to throw a blanket over your Light? Are your own thoughts increasingly more negative and fearful?

This isn’t right! We must guard again it!

Where do we get our light?

II Corinthians 2:[6] For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ

We have LIGHT because God has given us the knowledge of it. It is the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ!

Do you know Jesus Christ? Then your whole being should be FULL of the light of that knowledge. And you should be allowing that light to SHINE out to all those around you.

How do you do that?

Love on people. Call them up and check on them. Text to see how they’re doing. Ask if they need anything when you are doing a shopping trip or if they need medication refills dropped off or picked up. Offer to drop by and visit on their front porch, through the screen or glass door, if necessary.

Communicate with people. Send them a funny meme or joke that reminds you of them. Ask if they have any prayer requests you can pray about. Just let them know you appreciate them and the job they do in your community (especially those who are doing the “essential” jobs right now.)

Give people the truth. Share Scripture on social media. Share your church’s video feed. Remind people of things to be thankful for. Keep a positive attitude and don’t spiral into online theological discussions that only cause irritation and hard feelings to develop.  If you need to “teach” a truth, do it Biblically:

IITimothy 2:[23]”But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
[24] And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
[25] In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves…

Don’t let the world’s darkness overtake you. Don’t let your light grow dim. Be in the Word daily to kindle your own flickering fire, then offer that Light back to the world.

Let your (not so little) Light shine for Him!

In Him,

Alesha Kay

A Word for Wednesday

Isaiah 40:28-29 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

Just another reminder to you, my friends, that God is STILL in control! He hasn’t fainted. He isn’t tired. He isn’t searching for answers.

He has power. And He’ll give it to you. And when you have no strength, He will provide it.

Focus on that. Focus on Him.

Let Him be in control of all of you.

You will not regret it.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

The Paths of Thanksgiving

You would think, after all Jesus has done for us, including the ultimate price of His death for salvation from our sins, our lives would be overflowing with thanksgiving.

But the truth is that we grumble and complain about things just like everyone else does. We might go to church, and try to avoid the “big” sins, but our life is not very different from others around us.

Let me share a few reasons WHY you should be thankful:

  1. Thanksgiving Paves the Paths of His Presence (Psalm 100:1-5, Colossians 2:6-7) When we express our thanks to God we are coming into His presence, and letting others know Who we stand with. We are identifying with the Lord when we spend time praising Him. Being thankful is one way to show that you are a Christ-follower!

  2. Thanksgiving Paves the Paths of Protection (Romans 1:21-32) Verse 21 starts a long, sad list of many sins. But did you notice the one at the beginning of the list? “…Neither were thankful…” All of these horrible sins grew out of an unthankful heart. When we are thankful, it protects us from other sins.

  3. Thanksgiving Paves the Paths of Peace (Philippians 4:4-7) As we bring our prayer requests to God, thanking Him for all He’s done for us, He fills our hearts and minds with His peace. This world doesn’t offer much peace, but the Lord does, as we express our thanksgiving to Him.

So, celebrating what we’re thankful for isn’t something that should happen just once every November. It is something that brings us into God’s Presence and provides us with Protection and Peace. Let’s spend the next year sharing our thanksgiving to God every day!

In Him,

Alesha Kay

When Pain Brings a New Perspective

Oh, the joys of adrenal insufficiency! My back had been “out” since Saturday. I went today to have it adjusted. The chiro wasn’t pleased with the adjustment & said I needed to come back tomorrow to try to “finish” it. My muscles were so tight, they wouldn’t let the spine move enough.

When I got home, the muscles around one side of my rib cage went into spasm. I could only pant to breathe because a deep breath made the cramp tighter. We did everything we know to do – repositioning and stretching, apple cider vinegar, magnesium oil, dill pickle juice, and finally, medication. The cramps eventually let go & hopefully the meds will keep other cramps at bay for the rest of the evening.
Someone else’s symptoms will probably be different from mine. But that’s what I deal with. Today’s cramps were not the worst. Those are the ones in my inner thighs. They make me cry.
And what brought on this mini “crisis”? Well… all of last week’s hurricane prep & waiting & praying. Then last night, I listened to a college buddy (fellow alumni from Landmark Baptist College) tell of his family’s & church’s loss of everything on the island of Grand Bahama. The pictures were heart-rending. I wept with him as *he* tried to console *us* with the promises of God’s Word.
So, yeah, today’s been kinda yucky. But I have so SO much to be thankful for! And I’m grateful that eventually the spasms stopped. I was able to rest a bit in my big, cushy chair, in my dry, air-conditioned house that has running water & electricity.

Yes. So many things to thank my Jesus for tonight! What has He done for you today?

In Him,

Alesha Kay

Hope in God’s Response to My Cry

Have you been here?

“The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.”  ~Psalm 18:4-6

Facing death? Drowning in fear? Swallowed up in the dark?

The Psalmist David draws such a vivid picture of his despair.

He also lets us know right away what his first response to this trial was – He called out to God, crying for deliverance.

So, how did God respond? I love these phrases! (Emphasis mine):

” Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.” ~Psalm 18:7-15

Whew! When God is touched by the cries of His children, He doesn’t mess around! He MOVES on the behalf of His children.

And even though He has all of nature crashing about in His anger, His actions toward His child are just precious:

“He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.” ~Psalm 18:16-19

He draws us to Himself, above the battle’s fray. He delivers us. He holds us steady. He brings us to a safe place.

I don’t know what enemy you’re facing today. I have no idea how much pain you are in, or just what need you have; but I do know your God, if He is this God of the Bible.

He can deliver you. He can bring you into a place of peace. He will show you mercy as you walk in obedience to Him.

“Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;” ~Psalm 18:24-25

God will bring light into our darkness.

 “For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” ~Psalm 18:28

No matter your trial today, call out to Him. He will hear and will deliver. Then walk forward in obedience into the light of His presence.

In Him,

Alesha Kay