Surrender

Sometime last year, during the middle of the pandemic and the world was on shut down, I used different hymns and “I Surrender All” was one of them. This song came to my mind again today as I was processing various scenarios being played out around me.

The world is no longer at a standstill, but there is still a lot of chaos. The enemy is trying to steal, kill and destroy GOD’s plan for His children. The act of daily surrendering to the Father, to our Messiah, it isn’t easy. We want what we want and we want it now. Laying EVERYTHING at His feet… often is easier said than done.

In the middle of the craziness, STOP and take the time to reflect on HIS plan for you. That means, SURRENDER. It means RELEASE of ALL you want. Give it to Him. Love and trust Him.

All to Jesus I surrender

All to Him I freely give

I will ever love and trust Him

In His presence daily live

All to Jesus I surrender

Humbly at His feet I bow

Worldly pleasures all forsaken

Take me Jesus take me now

I surrender all

I surrender all

All to Thee my blessed Savior

I surrender all

All to Jesus I surrender

Make me Savior wholly Thine

Let me feel the Holy Spirit

Truly know that Thou art mine

All to Jesus I surrender

Lord I give myself to Thee

Fill me with Thy love and power

Let Thy blessings fall on me

All to Jesus I surrender

Now I feel the sacred flame

Oh the joy of full salvation

Glory glory to His name

Judson W. Van DeVenter, 1896

The link to the song does not have all the verses, but Robin Mark is a favorite artist of mine and I love the photography in this video. https://youtu.be/SW8EA7DEQ2M

I pray that you are able to find HIS peace in the middle of the storm. Let HIS love and power fill you. Give glory to HIS name.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Devotional Teaching Blog

Hello friends,

I have been writing again… Holy Spirit prompted me to write from Proverbs, so almost every day I read a few verses and share some thoughts. So often we read a chapter a day for a month, but there really is so much Truth in this book that we lose a lot by trying to read a full chapter every day. There are many nuggets of wisdom, and looking at them verse by verse can bring the reality home. Taking time to let the Words Adonai gave to Solomon really sink in should change us all.

I’m working on updating the website, so it is a work in progress. Might even change the email address. One step at a time…

Until it is complete, I pray that HIS Words from the book of Proverbs will bring you LIFE and encourage you. May we all learn and grow from the Promises He gives in this amazing book.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Back To The Beginning

Sometimes going “back to the beginning” is necessary. Sometimes starting over with the basics is required. Even Paul wrote about this:

I Corinthians 15:1-4 Now, brothers, I must remind you of the Good News which I proclaimed to you, and which you received, and on which you have taken your stand, 2 and by which you are being saved — provided you keep holding fast to the message I proclaimed to you. For if you don’t, your trust will have been in vain. 3 For among the first things I passed on to you was what I also received, namely this: the Messiah died for our sins, in accordance with what the Tanakh says; 4 and he was buried; and he was raised on the third day, in accordance with what the Tanakh says;

I know this seems so “milk.” I realize that you might wonder the necessity of these Words.

And yet, Paul made it quite clear to the Corinthians that they needed to understand that the Messiah died for sins. This is a teaching that should have been very basic. He also stated that the Tanakh (Old Testament Words) were written to make everything clear about the coming of the Messiah.

If Paul had to write these words to a fellowship that was “established,” how much more do we need to “return to the Good News?” I have watched fellowships become caught up in “dotting i’s” and “crossing t’s” and they forget their First Love. I have watched fellowships become “self righteous” and put others down that don’t “agree with them.” I believe that we have walked away from what God wants us to do…

The Good News is that Christ died for us. The Good News is that He was buried, but rose again on the third day. The Good News is the message we are supposed to “hold fast” too.

Friends, don’t let yourselves get caught in the acts of judging and legalism. God’s love is what draws all men to Him. If we walk in that LOVE we will share His love with those around us.

I realize that it is a fine line these days. How does one “speak the Truth” and not judge? How does one share what the Word of God says without coming across as a “know it all?” I struggle myself with these scenarios.

Humility is key. When we walk with His Spirit inside of us, people will be drawn to that. When we keep Him at the center of our hearts, He will keep the key points in our minds.

Take time today to remind yourself of your First Love. Go back to the beginning of your walk with Him and remember what you felt, than pass that along to those you love.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Calm The Storm

He silenced the storm and stilled its waves,and they rejoiced as the sea grew calm.Then he brought them safely to their desired port. —Psalm 107:29-30

We all love the calm… We appreciate when the storms pass. We speak the words, “Peace, be still” often believing that storms need to end.

And yet, storms must happen. Storms are a part of life.

This verse from Psalm said, “Then he brought them safely to their desired port.”

Do you believe that HE will take care of you?

Do you believe that in the middle of the storm HE still has a plan for you?

Do you believe that HE will bring you “safely to port?”

Last week I wrote about the greatness of God. If we believe that HE is in control, than we MUST believe and have the FAITH and HOPE that HE will be with us in the midst of all that is happening around us.

I love that God’s promises are TRUE.

I love that God really does take care of us.

I know this is short. I know this is not “new” for many of you. And yet, we must always remind ourselves that HIS ways are best.

TRUST Him in the midst of the storm.

KNOW that HE is God and HE made you and will provide for you. REJOICE with HIM and give thanks!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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The Greatness Of God

Sunday at the fellowship I attend we sang the song, “How Great Thou Art.” Let me just say, when this is sung with passion (which we did) and a true understanding of how AWESOME God is (which I believe everyone there believes), this song is amazing. It is a classic and one that seems to bring out everyone’s loudest voice of praise. I believe that THIS is what God desires!

God is Great. Do you believe that? Do you CLAIM that?

Job 37:5 “God thunders wonderfully with his voice, he does great things beyond our understanding.

I Chronicles 29:11 Yours, Adonai, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty; for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. The kingdom is yours, Adonai; and you are exalted as head over all.

Jeremiah 10:6 There is no one like you, Adonai! You are great, and your name is great and mighty.

Nehemiah 1:5 I said, “Please, Adonai! God of heaven! You great and fearsome God, who keeps his covenant and extends grace to those who love him and observe his mitzvot!

What do you notice about all the verses above? They are from the Old Testament! They are verses which claim the GREATNESS of God.

In the New Testament we read more of the greatness of His LOVE. This is also needed in our lives today. The reminder of HIS LOVE is so important in a world that struggles to understand what love really is.

However, there are times that we need to just give PRAISE to God and give HIM thanks for His GREATNESS! Singing that, and worshipping about His greatness is even stronger.

I encourage you to GIVE THANKS to Him this weekend and simply declare His GREATNESS as King of ALL the earth. If you feel led, I would sing, “How Great Thou Art” at the top of your lungs as often as possible. He NEEDS our praise! He DESIRES our praise!

Then sings my soul My Savior God to Thee How Great Thou art How Great Thou art

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Faithfulness

The word that has been coming to my mind this week is… faithfulness. I was searching for verses and this one popped into my mind and heart:

Proverbs 28:20 A trustworthy person will receive many blessings, but one rushing to get rich will not go unpunished. (CJB)

This version uses the word, “trustworthy.”

The NIV says: A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

God is faithful… He takes care of us. BUT, He gave us the book of Proverbs for a reason. There are many pieces of GOLD in this book of wisdom.

When God gave Solomon the wisdom to write these nuggets of Truth down, we became the recipients of those pieces. If we can apply the actions that these verses tell us to do, we can walk in His blessings!

Deuteronomy 28 is all about blessings and curses. It’s a long chapter, but well worth the read. There are blessings for being obedient, which is being faithful, and being trustworthy!

Friends, God wants us to be faithful to Him. God wants us to be a person others trust. When we follow His ways, than the blessings flow. It sounds easy, but as we all know, application of Truth is not always a “walk in the park.” Sometimes we feel like we are out of breath running a marathon!

As we walk and do our best to be faithful, we always need to remember:

2 Corinthians 5:7 for we live by trust, not by what we see. (CJB)

For we live by faith, not by sight. (NIV)

Keep trusting… Keep the faith. Don’t lose heart. Don’t give up. He is with you… We may not see the end – yet – but we know that when we trust HIM with ALL our heart… HE will direct our path.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Thy Will

Thy Will…

Easier said than done…

Thy Will…

What exactly is that?

The prayer Jesus taught us to pray is:

Matthew 6:9-13

You, therefore, pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven! May your Name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us the food we need today. Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us. And do not lead us into hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One. For kingship, power and glory are yours forever. Amen.’

Sometimes I find myself desiring to repeat these verses over and over. I said it often as a child. It became rote and lacked meaning. Than “life” hit and at times I wondered what HE really wanted. As my mind focused on Him, I often was drawn to praying the Words again. They are the Words He WANTS us to pray!

Another well known verse is:

Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, let not my will but yours be done.”

Jesus faced hardship. He was in the middle of a path to His death. Even though He knew it needed to happen, He wanted it to be different.

When we are in the middle of a trial, we often forget that His will is best. We forget that when we completely turn our thoughts, emotions and desires over to HIM, He will take care of us. In the middle of the moment, it’s so easy to forget that just saying, “Thy Will” is best.

I recently heard a song, “Thy Will” which has become my heart. (Link is below)

I pray that you can find a way to say these words also. That you truly can allow yourself to wrestle with HIM (I wrote a blog about this about a year ago) and believe that He has plans for you that will help you succeed.  

Whatever pain or trial you might be facing, learn to say, “Thy Will.” In that place, rest in His Peace.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

https://youtu.be/PAmh3yvmzXs

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Waiting

Waiting…

Something very few people enjoy. Most people despise to wait…

Our society has become filled with an “I deserve this instantly” mentality.

And yet, the Word of God is filled with Promises for those who WAIT.

The most famous verse is:

Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (ESV)

but those who hope in Adonai will renew their strength, they will soar aloft as with eagles’ wings; when they are running they won’t grow weary, when they are walking they won’t get tired. (CJB)

If you look at the ESV it uses the word “wait.” The CJB uses “hope.”

I found this quite interesting. Not knowing the actual Hebrew word used in this writing I don’t know which one would be closer to the original intent, but if it is “hope” than that means we should always be anticipating! We should always be filled with HOPE.

This is not easy. The struggle is real to keep HOPE alive. When the darts and arrows are flying and you feel burdens and weary, trying to HOPE is hard. I even find that I don’t always know what to HOPE for anymore.

What I do know, if we are walking with HIM and we look to Adonai for our source of wisdom and understanding, than HE will be with us and we can rely on HIS strength to get us through.

Psalm 27:13-14 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (ESV)

If I hadn’t believed that I would see Adonai’s goodness in the land of the living, . . .Put your hope in Adonai, be strong, and let your heart take courage! Yes, put your hope in Adonai! (CJB)

These verses are the same. WAIT in one translation is HOPE in the other.

Friends, I believe this is significant. When we wait, we don’t lose hope. As we wait, we keep our hope in Him. We take courage and stand strong because HE is with us.

I have watched God provide over and over if I just “wait.” If I keep my HOPE in Him, He does come through! I admit that I despise waiting. But with HIM fighting the battle, it is KEY to do this.

Let’s keep cheering one another on. We need each other. It helps us stay “strong and courageous.”

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Breath

I love when friends share verses that encourage and uplift. That is what the body of Christ is all about. Running the race with one another. Cheering each other on.

Today a friend sent me a verse that has been an encouragement to her. I want to share it with you.

Job 33:4 It is the Spirit of God that made me, the breath of Shaddai that gives me life.

God created YOU for a reason.

His SPIRIT and breath give YOU LIFE.

I needed that today.

What are you breathing? What brings you life?

Take time to let HIM bring you breath and breathe HIM in…

What a PROMISE to hold onto to. BELIEVE it!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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No Fear

For God gave us a Spirit who produces not timidity, but power, love and self-discipline. (CJB)

For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control. (TPT) —2 Timothy 1:7

Fear… Something we all face at some point in our lives.

Fear… False Evidence Appearing as Real

Fear… The Word clearly states we are NOT supposed to be afraid or fearful.

And yet, it happens. Worry creeps in. Events in our lives cause us to overthink.

We watch “power” be abused and wonder and question…

Love; what does it mean today?

Self-control – does anyone even have this? We see riots and mobs… self-control is becoming less and less evident.

So, how do we really overcome?

It is a battle in our mind. It is a battle of BELIEVING that what HIS WORD says is TRUTH! It is stopping and claiming HIS authority over the enemy when the thoughts creep in.

I had to do this last week. Sitting at work, blessed to look out at sunshine and His beautiful creation, doubts crept in and I began to let fear and worry bring negative thoughts to my mind.

Immediately I began to pray and rebuke those thoughts. I reached out to friends and asked them to pray with me. Those actions brought peace, not as quick as I would have liked, but it came. Friends messaged me back and spoke TRUTH to me to help me overcome.

Friends, the verse above is HIS WORDS to you. Know that YOU can overcome. Know that YOU can walk in humble power, love that knows no limits, and self-control.

Next time the fear begins to creep in and doubts begin to try and overtake, STOP and claim HIS Promises. PRAY in the Spirit, with HIS understanding as you magnify and glorify His Name.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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