Two Yellow Butterflies

Today is my birthday. Everyone has said do something special today, just for you. As I pondered over the things I  enjoy such as being on the ocean or shopping, maybe even going to gym. I did say maybe;) But I could only settle on one thing I really enjoy doing and that is being still, alone in the presence of Jesus. There is no greater place to be and He is always there just waiting for me to be still and listen.

I asked the Lord how did He want our time to be today. Did He want me to write, read, pray, just rest? In that moment I remembered an earlier request of a friend today: “Make sure you check your mailbox.” Out of the box I pulled many precious cards and a package. The package was from my daddy. Inside was a devotional book that contained favorite Bible verses for women. Well just the thought of the gift from my daddy brought joyful tears for unspoken reasons. Then the Lord led me to one of my favorite spots, my back porch. It was there holding the book that I listened to the water pour from my  fountain. I glazed out in the trees, took a deep breath and was prompted to open the book to read.

First page,” Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10. At that moment I looked up and two yellow butterflies flying together embraced me for a visit. Two. I like to think of God’s blessings always coming in twos. Zechariah 9:12 promises this very day that He will repay two blessings for each of your troubles. I knew the butterflies represented a message God wanted to give me. It intrigued me enough to do some quick research on the meaning of yellow butterflies. They represent hope and guidance. Two things I needed today. In early Christianity they were a symbol of the soul. In Scotland and Ireland a yellow butterfly means the soul is at peace.  To Native Americans they are a symbol of change, joy, color, and considered a miracle of transformation.

At any rate, Jesus met me with Peace. I was right where I was suppose to be at the right time to see the gift of the butterflies. They flew together, played together. Something so simple but ministered to me so much and left a smile. Jesus can use anything if we are willing. In taking time to be with God, to rest in God, it strengthens my relationship with Him. When I step out of my busy life I can remember how vast God is! Perhaps most important, when I am still I am refreshed spiritually, physically, mentally. I receive nourishment for my soul. Today as I was still before God, I heard His voice-His loving, caring, reassuring voice. What a precious birthday gift from Him today. Peace, rest ” For you formed my inward parts. You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are your works and that my soul knows very well. ” Psalm 139 13-14 Trust me the God that can do this knows your every need and will supply it.

So, if your reading this, slow down…Avoid being so busy with life that you forget to nourish your soul.

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Love,

Jeannie

 

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Confident In Your Calling!

Recently, I have had some ask, how do I recognize the call on my life from God?

My answer would be first, one must have confidence. Simply, confidence that there is a God who loves you, seeks to fellowship with you, and created you for a unique purpose. Because guess what? He does! And He did!

Next, nurture that confidence. This is much needed because there is an enemy who is a liar and he will work hard to tear down the very confidence the Lord desires to give you. He will speak lies to you in relation to that confidence and you must combat that with truth.

The enemy will use people you love even look up to or serve with to knock you off the path to which God has called you. Be on guard. You must only look up stay focused on Him! Don’t try to fill  someone else’s call. Don’t let someone else persuade you into the wrong call. Look up! 

Truth is you are worthy and you have the abilities to accomplish your call! Seek the great teacher which is Jesus Christ and he will begin to lead you in your call.  

 Third,  There will be a time of waiting and learning. Be obedient and patient and persevere.

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 they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 there is much to learn from this short passage.

Lastly, You must seek vision, the vision of God. Oswald Chambers once said “it is easier to serve or work for God without a vision and without a call because then you are not bothered by what He requires. Common sense, covered with a layer of Christian emotion becomes your guide.  You may be more prosperous and successful from the world’s perspective, and will have more leisure time, if you never acknowledge the call of God. But once you receive a commission from Jesus Christ, the memory of what God asks of you will always be there to prod you own to do his will.” Powerful truth!

God will give you a vision and a call if you ask Him to show you what He wants you to do in your life. Once you identify the call begin stepping into the call, continuing to stay on guard and practice all the things noted above. 

He will appoint you and He will anoint you! This is important to remember because you will face challenges. But it’s only when we face those challenges head-on and endure them that we can soar as the eagle to greater heights!

My life is worth nothing unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by my Lord Jesus that I might finish my course with joy Acts 20:24
Jeannie

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Be Still

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Good Morning Sweet Friends!

I am a little spoiled this morning! I am sitting alone with God and of course a delicious cup of coffee looking out at His beautiful creation. Thankful for the friends that provided this much needed little paradise getaway. Baby and hubbie snuggling sound asleep. How did I get so lucky to be graced with this precious time! I am marveling this lake which is completely still as God is ministering to me once again, Be still and know that I am God! “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High..God is in the midst of her…Come, behold the works of the Lord..Be still and know that I am God…I will be exalted among the earth…” Psalm 46.

Just short, simple, and sweet this morning.For all the pain, worry brokenness, trials, loneliness in this world, and there is much but God’s promise is this:

I am always there to help, providing refuge, security, and peace. My power is complete and victorious and certain. I will never fail to rescue those in need, those who love Me!

A friend recently reminded me of this simple yet powerful truth and I want to share it with you. “Be still and Rest, and while you Rest and Trust, God works!” Rick Sarver

Be still in His presence,

Jeannie

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Reject to Protect

Have you ever got frustrated with God because He just didn’t seem to be giving you what you wanted, or asked for, or thought you deserved? (ouch)

Well friends, let me suggest to you through my own life experiences that sometimes God’s rejection is His protection! God leads and protects us from things we cannot see. One of the greatest examples we see of this in Scripture comes from the Flight into Egypt. Take a peek at Matthew 2:13,15,19 ( I’m not going to tell you the story because I want you to dive into the Word for yourself)

Throughout this story we see three keys that are extremely important even for us today!
1. We see God Speak
2. We see Listening
3. We see Obedience
Then we see how these three things ultimately have led to even our salvation today! Wow!

Okay, I just have to give you a preview into what I am saying (Just in case you don’t dive into scripture) I don’t want you to miss this.
The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Mary and Jesus and flee into Egypt because Herod sought the child to kill him Matthew 2:13 (We see two out of our three here: God Speaks and Joseph listens).
Then in Matthew 2:14 Joseph takes them and departs into Egypt, hence the flight ( Here we see our third key, Joseph Obeys).

Here are some principles I have lived within that have really helped me and I hope they do the same for you.
When God speaks He does so through four avenues:
1. The Spirit
2. The Word
3. His people
4. Our circumstances

When preparing to listen from God. There are three things to focus on:
1. A Plan ( Schedule and plan this meeting each day)
2. A Place ( pick a special place where the two of you meet)
3. A Purpose ( God speaks, you Obey)

I don’t know what is going on in your life right now but just remember if your experiencing rejection during your travels, start by just using the principles above. Re align your prayers and prepare to maybe take a different route than the one you punched into navigation. His plan is always better!

I will leave you with this Hosea 11:1. Here God shows His Fatherly Love.
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt”

Now make it personal and add your name. For example:
When Jeannie was a child, I loved her, and called my daughter out of Egypt.

Buckle up and enjoy your Flight,
Jeannie
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Sweaty Joy

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:11

When one thinks of the word joy, how is it defined? One may confuse happiness with joy but they are not the same. Happiness may be spending time with the one you love, a beautiful sunset, sandy beaches, shopping, your baby’s smile, or maybe just a delicious cheeseburger. Sometimes we chase happiness but these things are temporary. In these examples, happiness depends on our circumstances, our whereabouts.

Now let me introduce you to Joy. Joy is eternal, it is a supernatural peace and calm in the midst of any circumstance, any pain. It is a confident spirit and heart knowing that God is the pilot of our life. It is the assurance of His love and work in our life. It is strong and deep in our core, it is Jesus Christ. So, if you don’t have Jesus, you don’t have Joy. Happiness depends on happenings, Joy depends on Christ!

It was still dark outside as I made my way into the gym. I recently had accepted Christ and each day was seeking Him more. I stepped on the treadmill and began to walk as I accelerated speed. I began to pray. Lord, what is joy all about. I hear so many speak of joy. Lord, I want to know true joy. There has been so much pain. I want to feel joy. At that moment the greatest indescribable unworldly peace flowed over me. Tears began to drip, pour and collide with my sweat. I knew at that moment God was demonstrating His joy within me. It was something that could only come from Him. It was then that I truly knew what joy was. It was simply me abiding in Him and Him abiding in me (John 15) If you want true joy focus all your attention and energy in knowing Christ!

One of my favorite books in the Bible is Philippians. It is all about joy I have claimed it to my life numerous times. If you need a little joy, I encourage you to crack it open and learn how to rejoice in every circumstance. Don’t take my word for it. Hear from Paul the author himself who while writing this book was in prison but yet lived in joy!

From A Mother’s Heart:
You have heard that a mother sets the mood of the home. It is true and if your spirit and attitude is one of joy it will be contagious and your children will rise up and call you blessed (Proverbs 31:28) A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones (Proverbs 17:22)
A joyful family starts with a joyful mother!

Pray this with me. Lord, make me a joyous mother, because of my salvation through your son, I have every reason to remain joyous and celebrate life. Let my life be a testimony of your joy, love and grace!

Jeannie

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A little GOD time

Good Morning!

Did you think I fell off the planet? Well I have wondered myself. Time was hard to capture before becoming a mommy now it is almost impossible! However I have prayed and devoted myself to a little GOD time no matter what the day brings, no matter if it is only five minutes! A little GOD time can sustain you a long way!

Because of this season of my life, God is changing up my writing a bit. You know my heart has always been to encourage your heart no matter what life storm you are passing through. In my blogging I will turn you to God but also add some mommy encouragement meant to bless you no matter what stage of motherhood you are in!

Today and everyday God pursues and He never stops. Over and over scripture shows us how God pursues and attempts to reconcile fallen men and women to himself. “For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost” Luke 19:9-10. God is all about second chances, thank goodness! Does anybody need a second chance? I know I have.
No matter our mistakes, no matter where our journey has led us to thus far, the great hope and promise is that even right now this very moment we have the power to change things, to change direction but only through the Holy Spirit! Someone reading this needs to know the God is pursuing you! Will you stop and face Him and allow Him to change the course of your life? That is my prayer! This is for all Christ followers no matter where you are in your walk, Is God pursing you to something different, new direction, or just calling you to be obedient to something? We must take some time out, a little GOD time and listen…

From a Mothers Heart:
Speaking of second chances, I am so thankful for them when it comes to motherhood! A couple days ago, I decided I would venture out with my newborn alone. I thought, I got this! A few miles down the road and I was pulling over and jumping in the back of my van to soothe a crying baby. This led to a feeding, another stop led to a diaper change and by the time I reached my destination I looked down to only discover dried poop under my fingernails! I was emotionally wore out! I have never been so happy to pull back in my driveway. Through this adventure, I did not have the best mommy attitude but guess what? I get a second chance. So, today we are going to try it all over again.

Even if your children are grown and you feel you got it all wrong (by the way you didn’t) it is never too late. The power of prayer changes everything. “Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children”. Lamentations 2:19
And if your now a grandparent, hey! maybe that is why God made grandparents…to give you a second chance!

Have a poop-free day! Much Love,
Jeannie
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Can I Get A Witness?

Good Morning!
Well yesterday was just one of those days..You know the ones I mean, the ones that just seem to drag you down, discourage you. For me, a day of frustration where I just couldn’t get my point across. Truth was bubbling in this tired, heavy, very pregnant body but I couldn’t express it. Then I realized that God was doing a work. He was calling me to sit in quiet for greater reasons than I could understand. I spent the next few hours puzzled.

It wasn’t until God used a friend to remind me of a truth that I have relied on throughout my walk of Obedience in Christ so many times. A text at 9:45 pm “I am prompted to send you Isaiah 43:10 Love you! Ahhh there it was. I didn’t have to look it up. I knew the scripture but I was prompted to anyways and there it faithfully read, “You are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that you may know and BELIEVE IN ME, and understand that I am He: before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after ME.

There came the wave of encouragement to my soul! You are my witnesses, God is making a bold statement and claiming us personally as His own. “YOU ARE MY” and MY servant whom I HAVE CHOSEN. John 15:16 says “you have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained (appointed) you that you should go and bring forth fruit and that your fruit will remain, and whatever you ask of the Father in my name (Jesus) He may give it to you.” And the last part of the scripture, ” that you may know and believe in me…” God is saying trust me, Believe in me. I have started a good work and I will finish it (Philippians 1:6) Hallelujah!! I think we can all rest in that!

What does it mean to be a witness? Dictionaries will define witness as evidence, proof, to see an event and testify to it. Though the leading of my Lord let me define what I believe a witness is:

Going forth with exuberance and telling everyone in sight about our Lord! Do we have to be a fancy billboard or sign, wear fancy clothes or drive fancy cars to advertise His worth? No. A trick of the enemy is to make us think we have to be in competition with each other, yes even our churches. I’m beginning to see that this type of witnessing does more harm than good. The Lord says in Acts 1:8 “You shall be witnesses unto Me” This is no way depends upon man’s devices. The Holy Spirit resides in every genuine child of God and grace and He (Spirit) is the witness for Jesus Christ. We just provide the vehicle and anyone who comes in contact with what I just explained will be affected to the degree and purpose to which God intends. Praise!

Can I Get A Witness?

In His Abiding Love,
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Jeannie Scott Smith

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Are You Screaming Exhaustion?

Good Morning!
I am hoping you had a restful night sleep, or are you feeling like you never slept a wink? Well, I know how you feel! I have been there many times. With our sweet baby on the way, I have really been drawn to lambs, sheep and have been intrigued as I have studied their behavior so much so that I used them as a theme for the nursery. I have inserted some pics in this blog to visualize my points. It is no wonder Jesus referred to us as sheep. The good news is sheep require a Shepherd. We have a great Shepherd and it is our Heavenly Father!

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In reference to rest, Psalm 23 reads, “He maketh me to lie down in Green Pastures” This entire chapter has been been one of my favorites passages that I keep in memory and recite often. Especially in times of much needed rest! The interesting thing about sheep is that because of their very make-up is it almost impossible for them to be made to lie down and rest. Sound like anyone you know? Phillip Keller is a great author but also a great Shepherd. He explains in his book, A shepherd looks at Psalm 23, that there must be a definite sense of freedom from fear, tension, aggravations, and hunger for the sheep to lie down and rest. He paints the picture that it is ONLY the shepherd himself who can provide release from all of these anxieties. Wow! I love it! Did you get that? I hope so, it is good stuff! God refers to himself as our Great Shepherd. He is the answer to our rest! In 2 Timothy 1:7 it says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and sound mind”. The thought of a sound mind is of a mind at peace which results in rest!

I don’t know where you are today. I do know as I prayed and asked God what I should write and share He impressed upon my heart, Rest and who provides it. So many things in life causes us to be restless. Some to include pain, anxiety, depression, Grief, fear, distractions. Whatever it is I encourage you to surrender it to God, our great Shepherd. Maybe you just need a reminder that you

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and that God is our image

Spend time today soaking in this truth and enjoy some time lying in His green pastures!

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Blessings,
Jeannie

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Spiritual Smoothie

Good Morning Friends!

It happened again! I awake out of my sleep, roll over to check the time and there it stares back at me again, 3:00 AM!
Okay God, this is a repeated pattern. What is it about this particular hour? Why do you insist on awakening me at 3:00 AM?
Oh..Then I remembered.. What I had been asking of God. To return to the deepened awakening of my soul. To deepen my spiritual walk and intimacy with Him so that I may know Him more, so that I may tap into His Spiritual Wisdom.

“In the morning Lord, you will hear my voice. In the morning I will direct my prayers to you and look up and wait in expectation” Psalm 5:3

That was it! God was awakening me to spend time with me. It certainly was not for the delicious blackberry smoothie I was drinking, but rather for a Spiritual Smoothie!

Listen, The God of the universe desires to spend time with you and I. He desires to speak to you and I. Will you listen?
Will you prepare yourself to listen? He speaks to us to build our confidence, draw us closer in relationship with Him, to direct us, but most importantly, God speaks to us to be obeyed. Our lives should reflect Obedience to Him. For some reason that word obedience makes some feel uncomfortable. The word obedience brings me joy because I know first hand the blessings that will flow, the prayers that will be answered from walking in obedience to our Lord!

So my topic this morning, you guessed it..Obedience! I think our view of Him is often too small, too cramped, rather too human so we are unwilling to allow Him to have control over our lives. If we could only grasp the greatness and power of who He truly is. He is our Great Shepherd Psalm 23. No one knows us or cares for us they way He does. So why would you not trust and allow someone described in this way have complete authority over your life?

I could tell you story after story of how my obedience to God has changed the course of my life and maybe I will, maybe I will write a book on that one day! Obedience has blessed me and my family, it has made supernatural things happen..things that only God could do, greater Obedience has provided and given me the desires of my heart.

I don’t know your circumstances today but I do know that God is calling me to encourage you to be obedient to Him so that He may bless YOU! Seek Him and His voice..What is He asking of you? I would love to hear some feedback on this one and comments. You never know just how much your experience can help others! Also I would be glad to encourage you concerning this subject in any way I can as it is one I am passionate about.

A couple of my favorite scriptures: ” If you will obey my voice indeed and keep my covenant, then you shall be a special treasure unto me above all people..” Exodus 19:5

“You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain, and whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name ( Jesus) he may give it to you.” John 15:16

Okay so here it is, the ingredients to a Spiritual Smoothie:

EXPECT to hear the Voice of God
WAIT Patiently For the Voice of God
PLAN to Obey the Voice of God
LISTEN for the Voice of God
FAITH in the Voice of God
OBEY the Voice of God

Lastly, I should share with you my greatest reward of Obedience is the gift of a child! For those of you who know my story you rejoice with me in this pregnancy a true miracle indeed!
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Me and Baby Smith at 15 weeks!

Much Love,
Jeannie

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Let Go of What Was

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Hello Sweet Friends,
I hope this blog post finds you all full of encouragement and full of His Spirit!

Have you ever noticed that one of the hardest things to do is let go!.. There are many things God calls us to let go of. Why? Because it is when we ungrasp the situation out of our hands we can then surrender it fully to God so His Holy Spirit can do its perfect work. God in His sovereignty is in control anyways! So we are only hurting ourselves hanging onto something that is not ours to hang onto. Maybe it is our children, a position, a relationship, or pain..pain of something in your past.

For me, one of my biggest lessons in letting go was trusting God with the pain of my abortion. I had wore myself out trying to handle something I was incapable of handling and it was getting me no where fast. God was calling me to let go of the pain and trust Him instead and when I did He performed a miracle in my life. But, God wants all the pieces, all the insecurities, all the worries, all the pain because He is doing something NEW and in this process we are HEALED! In this process our faith is grown, our trust is grown, and we become dependent on the only one that can do anything! Because “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

The photo I posted for you says Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be! Awesome things can happen if we accept what is right now trusting God is always working for our benefit and good. Maybe your going through the valley because God is trying to birth a ministry. Maybe your avoiding your worst fears but God is calling you to face your fears, walk through your fears because He is trying to draw you closer to Him!

I have learned to appreciate every hardship I have gone through and still going through as an opportunity. Yes, an opportunity to minister and an opportunity to grow my faith and although I would never want to go through them again, I am grateful for what God has birthed within me as I have journeyed through them.

This week, no matter what your going through.. do these three things with me: REJOICE, PRAY, and GIVE THANKS but not because I said so, but because He said so:) and Let’s grow together!

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Until we chat again,
Jeannie
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