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Two Wolves

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

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The Absolute Awesomeness

Monday, November 21st, 2016

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deep in storehouses (Psalm 33:6-7, NKJV).


I’ve been meditating a lot lately on the absolute awesomeness of God, and the verses above capture that so clearly, don’t they? We serve a God who spoke the heavens into existence, breathed the stars into the skies, gathers the waters into their assigned boundaries, and locks the depths of the oceans into reservoirs. No matter how you look at it, that’s impressive!

Knowing this, what is our response to be? According to verse 8 of Psalm 33, all the inhabitants of the earth are to “fear the Lord” and “stand in awe of Him.” But is that what usually happens? Sometimes. More often than not, however, the “inhabitants of the earth” pay little if any attention to this awesome God and, instead, worship His creation.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the oceans and the mountains, the trees and flowers, the birds and fish and animals. But they are all creations, masterfully crafted by the One who also breathed life into the dust of the earth and formed man. Is it any wonder He holds our lives in His hands? Shouldn’t the very thought make us tremble, even as we rejoice that He is merciful and loving?

As we move into a season of Thanksgiving and then celebration of Christ’s coming to earth as a Babe in a manger, may we appreciate all of God’s creations—but may we worship only Him. May we, as the psalmist declared, “fear the Lord” and “stand in awe of Him” (Psalm 33:8, NKJV). There is nothing that can put our own lives in perspective quicker or clearer than recognizing the awesomeness of God.

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Copyright 2011 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

and

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:
No Greater Love
More than Conquerors
The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Are You a Fretting Worrier?

Friday, March 6th, 2015
 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about its own things.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:33-34).

If we wanted to sum up Jesus’ teachings on how to live, how to exercise faith, and how to please God, we could do so by quoting the sixth chapter of Matthew. What a marvelous and amazing chapter it is! From start to finish, Jesus outlines the image of a successful Christian, one who wholly places faith in God—and lives accordingly.
In addition to telling us how to live, Jesus cautions against something very dangerous and destructive: worry. Oh, I know, if you’re like me you joke that you “have to worry” because it’s “my job” (as a parent, grandparent, whatever). But chronic worry is no joking matter; Jesus, in fact, tells us not to do it.
Is He expecting the impossible? Yes and no. It is impossible in our own strength simply to stop worrying. The harder we try, the more we will fail—and the more we will worry about our failure to stop worrying. But despite the fact we cannot in our own strength stop worrying, God can certainly change us from fretting worriers to victorious warriors. But we must cooperate with Him in the process.
How do we do that? By paying attention to all the positive things Jesus mentions in that chapter: how to give, how to pray, how to fast, how to lay up treasures in heaven—all of which find their culmination in trusting God to supply our needs. Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” This tells us that if we will spend our time focusing and concentrating on God and His righteousness and what He’s called us to do for His Kingdom, then He will make sure we have everything we need for our daily lives.
What does that look like? It looks like a humble believer who puts relationship with God above all else—prayer and praise time, Bible reading and memorization, fasting, giving, serving. When we are doing those things as He directs us to do, we will soon find that we have no time or energy left to waste on worry. And that, after all, is the abundant life Jesus died to give us. All we have to do is choose to live it.
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Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Feel as if you are wandering in the wilderness?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
 So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea… And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night (Exodus 13:18, 21, NKJV).


We often speak of the Israelites as having “wandered” in the desert for 40 years after being delivered from slavery in Egypt, but is that an accurate term to use for their experience?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word “wander” like this: “to move around or go to different places usually without having a particular purpose or direction.” When you consider that the Jewish nation did not escape Egypt in some willy-nilly, unplanned fashion but rather “in orderly ranks” (see v. 18), is it even reasonable to imagine that God, who delivered them from slavery, would then abandon them to wander aimlessly, “without having a particular purpose or direction”? True, the people themselves may not have realized where they were going or why, but God knew exactly their purpose and direction, and He saw to it that His plans and purposes for them were fulfilled.

That same God, who delivered Israel from bondage and led them through the wilderness for forty years in order to accomplish His purposes for their lives and their nation, is the same God who delivers us from the bondage of sin. It is therefore completely reasonable to believe that He will also faithfully lead us through what may seem like wilderness in order to fulfill His purposes for us.

We all experience times when we feel we are wandering aimlessly, with no purpose or direction, and we are tempted to wonder if God has indeed forgotten us. Be assured, beloved, that He has not. As surely as He led Israel, He will also lead us until we are at last home with Him, where we belong.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV).

…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ
(Philippians 1:6, NKJV).

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Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Walking Through The Valley of the Shadow of Death

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Moses took the rod of God in his hand (Exodus 4:20, NKJV).
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4, NKJV).

I recently had the opportunity to “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” with a neighbor named Dave. Dave had never professed a belief in Christ or even acknowledged God at all, except to use His name as a curse word. Apart from that, he was a nice man and an enjoyable neighbor, as well as a law-abiding citizen. When he became extremely ill and the doctor said he would not be leaving the hospital alive, some of his family members who knew I was a licensed minister contacted me and asked me to come and see him.

My husband and I went immediately, and it was obvious the moment we saw him that he was in his last hours of life. Hooked up to tubes and needles and machines, he seemed to be in a coma, though the doctor said he was nearly certain Dave could hear us. I began to talk with him about the only thing that really matters in life, and that’s a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

His eyes fluttered open, and he gave me a brief smile of recognition. I could tell from his eyes that he was listening. We had a short but meaningful conversation about his need to receive Jesus as his Savior, then we prayed together. I saw a peace wash over Dave’s face as his body relaxed. When I asked him if he understood what had happened and knew Jesus stood ready to walk him through the valley of the shadow of death, he nodded and whispered, “Yes.” A few hours later, he completed his journey through that valley and into the Father’s arms.

Some of his family members and friends came up to me afterward and said things like, “I know Dave is at peace now” or “I believe Dave is in heaven now.” Their reason for believing this? All declared the same thing: “Dave was a good man.”

Sad. Yet how many believe that same lie, that any of us could possibly make it to heaven based on our own “goodness”? Jesus was quite clear when He said, “No one is good but One, that is, God (Matthew 19:17).

Moses came to understand this crucial truth. A former shepherd who was used to carrying his own rod and staff as he protected the sheep in his care, Moses dared not go into Pharoah’s presence depending on his feeble human strength. Instead he “took the rod of God in his hand” (Exodus 4:20) before beginning the process of leading the people of Israel out of slavery.

King David knew this truth as well. Also a former shepherd, the Psalmist declared, “Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” He knew, particularly as he so often faced the threat of death from those who hated and persecuted him, that only God’s road and staff could lead him safely home.

Dave is safely home now, not because he trusted in his own rod or staff of frail human goodness, but rather because he finally put his trust in the perfect goodness of God’s rod and staff. At that point he received comfort and assurance that he no longer needed to fear walking through the valley of the shadow of death, for his newfound Savior would carry him.

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Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Do You Think God Does Not Accept You?

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:5-7, NKJV).

Years ago I served as a biblical counselor on the staff of a large Southern California church. As such, I heard stories and confessions of every imaginable sort. In return, I prayed and offered appropriate counsel from the Scriptures, never ceasing to be amazed that there was not one issue that came up during all those years which God hadn’t addressed in some way in His Word.

Those issues covered a wide variety of topics—relationships, addictions, heartache—but underlying all of them was the need for acceptance. The human heart cries out for unconditional love and acceptance. Sadly, most of us look for it everywhere except the one place it can be found: at the foot of the Cross. Even those of us who have accepted Christ as our Savior often struggle with the concept that we have truly been accepted just as we are. Of course, that doesn’t preclude the need to live a Christ-honoring life once we have received that love and acceptance. As the old saying goes, God loves us just as we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.

And that’s the whole point. As Ephesians 1:5-7 so simply and eloquently points out, it is God who has predestined us to be His children; He did it because it pleased Him to do so; the praise for that is due to His grace to us; and it is He who has accepted us in the Beloved.

Who is God the Father’s Beloved? His Son, of course. We see that throughout the Scriptures, the gospels in particular. When we receive His Son as our Lord and Savior, God’s Spirit comes to dwell in us, and we are then “hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3, NKJV). God no longer sees us or our sins when He looks at us; He sees only His Beloved Son, whose sacrifice He has fully accepted.

The next time you are tempted to believe God hasn’t (or can’t) fully accept you as you are, remember—when He looks at you, He sees Jesus. Rejoice in that acceptance, Beloved!

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Not a member of CIR yet? Join us Today! Copyright 2009-2013 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Are You a Worrywart?

Monday, February 10th, 2014

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things” (Matthew 6:31-32, NKJV).

Since I was a little girl I’ve been what my mother used to refer to as a “worrywart.” I worried about everything. Somehow I managed to turn it into a virtue—at least, in my own mind. I told myself I cared about what might happen to others, what might happen to myself, what might happen to the world, so didn’t that prove I was a caring person?

No, it didn’t. It proved I didn’t trust God or believe the many promises in His Word. That was understandable before I came to know Him personally, but what was my excuse after that? What is my excuse now, forty years after claiming to make Him my Savior and Lord?

It’s still the same thing, isn’t it? Though I now know Jesus in a close, intimate way, I obviously still have a lot of faith-growing to do. When problems crop up—and they always do—I want to be a person who drops to my knees first, not after I’ve exhausted all other avenues of action. I want to be like the three Hebrew slaves who faced being thrown into the fiery furnace if they didn’t disobey the true God to worship false ones. Their response?

“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Wow. Faced with an agonizing death, those three young men declared their complete confidence that God was able to deliver them from such a fate—but even if He chose not to, they would remain faithful anyway.

That’s the sort of faith I want, don’t you? I want to be a prayer warrior, not a worrywart. And the only way to get there is to regularly choose to replace worry with prayer. Jesus points out in Matthew 6 that our heavenly Father already knows what we need, so what’s the sense of worrying? The only thing we accomplish by worrying is a defeated attitude. Corrie ten Boom said it this way: “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

Let’s make a daily commitment to pray and not worry, and then rejoice as we rise up in the strength of the Lord.

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Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Do You Believe God’s Promises are True?

Friday, November 1st, 2013
“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45, NKJV).


A friend of mine recently experienced one of the most heartbreaking tragedies I can imagine: her beloved thirty-six-year-old son chose to end his own life. No one, including his mother, saw it coming. But suddenly, there it was, a reality that ripped my friend’s heart out and tested her faith as never before.

I called her a few days ago to check on her. The fact that she was still putting one foot in front of the other and functioning on a daily basis, despite the debilitating pain, is a testimony to the faithfulness of God, which we discussed at length. Because her son and mine (my youngest) were best friends growing up, we also discussed the many times over the years we had prayed together for them.

That was the hardest part, she said, for at the time he died it seemed he wasn’t living for the Lord. My friend’s first thought, upon learning the news, was, “God, how could you let this happen? You promised me that my son’s life would serve to bring many to Christ. How can that promise be fulfilled now?”

Soon after the tragedy, my friend began receiving calls and notes from people, telling her how much her son had blessed their lives. She even discovered he had been attending church in another town, that he had become good friends with the pastor and visited with him and his family often, and that the young people in the church loved and admired him. Though that knowledge hasn’t taken away the pain of her monumental loss or the questions that accompany it, it has helped to begin the healing of her broken heart and to restore her shattered faith.

“I don’t understand the whys of any of this,” she said, “and I will never stop missing my son while I’m still on this earth. But I know now that God’s promises for my son were fulfilled, even though I didn’t know it at the time.”

Like the young Jewish virgin Mary, who didn’t understand how God’s promise to her could possibly be fulfilled and who experienced great pain when her own Son died, we can still choose—as my friend must do daily—to believe that God’s promises to us are true and that there will be a “fulfillment” of those things He has told us in His Word, despite the difficulties and pain we may walk through in the process.

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Copyright 2009-2013 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

***My newest release, The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt, is available in stores nationwide, as well as at many online venues, including http://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Christmas-Quilt-Kathi-Macias/dp/1596693886/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1382117793&sr=1-1

Are You Spiritually “ADHD”?

Friday, October 4th, 2013


But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles (Matthew 13:20-21, NKJV).

When I hear so much talk about ADD and ADHD these days, I smile. I had an ADHD child “back in the day,” before such a diagnosis was common knowledge. By the time my youngest son was born, the condition was just beginning to be recognized, and the moment I read about it I knew I had two boys with ADHD.

What does that mean? ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder—what my dad used to refer to as “ants in your pants.” Children with ADHD can scarcely sit still for any length of time and have a terrible time focusing without being distracted by the first shiny object that happens along. It made studying and learning for my boys a real challenge, let me tell you! But a challenge does NOT mean impossible. With a lot of extra effort and prayer, we found ways to make it happen. A diagnosis of ADHD does not have to amount to a label of defeat.

The same is true in our spiritual lives. Some of us find it easier than others to apply ourselves to reading and studying Scripture, to praying and witnessing and ministering. But spiritual growth is available to each of us if we’re willing to apply ourselves and not be distracted by every “shiny” thing comes along.

Jesus talked about this issue in the famous Parable of the Sower, explaining how the sower sowed seeds on all sorts of ground—the road, rocky places, thorns, good soil. These ground conditions parallel our heart conditions and our willingness to receive and cultivate the seed of God’s Word. Any of us can become spiritually “ADHD” with all the distractions going on around us, but each of us can also CHOOSE to stay focused and allow God’s word to take deep root in our heart. It is the only way we can become spiritually mature and begin to effectively impact the lives of others.

In Psalm 46:10 God admonishes us to “Be still and know that I am God.” The word “know” in that verse implies intimate, life-producing knowledge and relationship. If we want that sort of relationship with God, we need to “be still” and make sure we don’t have spiritual “ants in our pants” or get distracted by the shiny temptations of this world.

It can be done, with determination and discipline, remembering that God stands ready to help us if we will just ask.

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Copyright 2009-2013 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than ConquerorsThe author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Dealing with Change

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8, NKJV).


Life happens, as they say. Plans made today could easily fall apart tomorrow. Someone once said that the only thing we can count on is change. That leaves us in a very precarious position, doesn’t it?

The Scriptures, however, paint a very different picture. We see a God who never changes, whose love endures forever, whose character is 100 percent dependable, and whose Word is rock solid. Hebrews 13:8 sums it up this way: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

I remember when, as a relatively new Christian, I first read that verse. It was painted above the altar at the church I’d started attending. Each time I read it, my heart was encouraged and my faith grew—until some things in my personal life fell apart. Then I began to question God’s faithfulness. How could such a thing happen to me? Why would a faithful Father allow it?

Thankfully I had a close friend, much more mature in the Lord than I, who reminded me that God didn’t promise we would never have difficulties or hardships or even changes in our lives. In fact, she explained, we could count on such things regularly, so long as we live on this sin-damaged earth. However, she also explained that we could choose to allow those things to damage our faith and drive a wedge between us and God—or we could choose to hand those very difficulties and heartaches and incomprehensible changes over to a loving, unchanging God who has promised to bring good even out of those things that seem so bad.

It has taken many years for me to come to the place of unshakable faith that says, “Regardless of what the world or the enemy throws at me, I know my God is good and that He never changes.” I also know that place of faith will continue to be challenged until the end of my earthly days. But I know above all else that Hebrews 13:8 is true, and I have chosen to cling to that truth until I am released to soar into His presence. My prayer is that you too have made that same choice, and that you will encourage others to do so as well.

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Copyright 2009-2013 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

Deliver Me From Evil, (finalist for the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year Award) and Special Delivery.
No Greater Love, More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com