The Wine Makers

Week 21

Building A Relationship With God

My husband and I have recently began the adventure of home winemaking. The process of wine making is intimidating for the novice Vintner. We are learning some aspects of chemistry, mathematics and, as Americans, struggling with metric conversion. The most important thing we are learning is patience. Diving into mathematical equations and conversions are things we can actively learn and celebrate the success of our efforts. This patience thing is a much harder lesson. We have to tend to our wine, making sure it has a dark, cool place to brew in peace. We are chomping at the bit to see results.

This patience lesson has been hitting me hard in life lately. I am guessing this wine making journey is in line with God’s plan to teach me to wait patiently, in faith and peace, for His timing. I have asked myself if I want what I want or if I want God’s best for me. The truth is, I want both. The human flesh part of me whats what I want. The new creation in me wants God’s will. I truly want God’s best for my family and our lives. I have to learn to sit, like the wine, and let all of the ingredients, God needs to add, work and brew into His will over me. I must learn to rest in peace while He works things out. This doesn’t mean that I sit in darkness, like the wine. It means to keep going, keep seeking, keep learning. Be active in asking for God’s direction and to be obedient to His instructions. If I do this, just as the Vintner watches over his batch with care and anticipation, God will watch over me. He will direct my path and order my steps.

I am encouraged and thankful to my Heavenly Father for allowing me to see His hand moving. I am thankful for seeing what He is trying to teach me. I pray for strength and wisdom to learn what He needs me to learn. I look toward the edge of this valley with anticipation of God’s best for me.

Psalm 37:23 (KJV)

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth inn his way.

John 15:5 (KJV)

I am the vine and ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing

Psalm 40:1 (KJV)

I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

This week I challenge you to read Psalm 40. I also challenge you and myself, to lean into the Lord for strength and peace. Put His will, for His glory, above your wants. Look for lessons from God in your daily activities. Seek His peace and wisdom and wait patiently, with anticipation, to see where His hand leads you. Remember to bring Him honor and glory and to praise His Holy Name!

Have a Blessed Week in Christ!

Jeanie Hannah

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Thy Will Be Done

Week 20

Building A Relationship With God

 

Scripture for this week’s message…Matthew 26:30-75 (KJV)

 

This walk with God brings great moments of peace; while this world will bring great moments of stress and persecution. During the times of trial and persecution we, as fleshly bodies, start to think this is how God intends for us to be treated. His intention, though, is for us to cling to Him and trust in His will. Trust in God that what He has waiting on the other side of the stormy season is better than anything we could even imagine.

 

Jesus, as he reach Gethsemane with Peter and Zebedee, knew He had been betrayed by Judas. He knew Peter would deny Him and He was sorrowful in His soul. He brought Peter and Zebedee with Him to watch while He prayed; but they fell asleep. He could have given up. He could have called in an army of angels for protection; but He didn’t. He turned to God in prayer saying “Thy Will Be Done”. He knew that God’s purpose and Glory was greater than His persecution. He knew that through His suffering, people would be saved.

 

People are the same today. When you are doing well, many want to be your friend; but when they see you in trial and persecution, they flee. People see the truth of God’s grace and favor on you and seem to make it their purpose to slander you and bring you down. You will find very few people willing to stand watch for the enemy while you pray.

 

Trusting God and following Jesus’ example is our guideline. The Bible is our handbook for dealing with every situation we face. We will face great moments of sorrow, as Jesus did. The key to overcoming is to draw nearer to God and trust in His will for your life. Focus on Him and His glory. People will see you come through your storm stronger than ever. God will use the example of your success, of staying in His will, to plant seeds of salvation in others.

 

This week I challenge you to ready Matthew 26:30-75. I also challenge you and myself to draw closer to God. Pray for His strength and His will over your situation. Give God all the glory and praise!

 

Have a blessed week in Christ!

Jeanie Hannah

 

 

 

 

Walking In The Flesh

Week 19

Building A Relationship With God

 

The Concordance of my King James Bible lists the following scriptures pertaining to flesh:

Genesis 2:3, Job 19:26, Isaiah 40:6, Joel 2:28, Matthew 16:17, 26:41, Luke 5:6, John 1;14, 3:6, 6:53, Romans 8:1, 1 Corinthians 1:26, 2 Corinthians 5:16, Galatians 5:19, Ephesians 6:12, and 1 Peter 1:24

Fleshly:

Colossians 2:18 and 1 Peter 2:11

 

Living in our flesh means that we search out things of this world to fill a longing and void within our hearts. Feeling like something is missing. Trying to feel complete and wanted. The need to feel important. People try to medicate their frustrations many different ways. Putting others down to feel superior. Turning to drugs or alcohol to escape. Looking for a mate to feel less lonely.

 

God knew walking in our flesh, trying to liven in our own strength, would be an issue for us. The void we have, the longing, is our heart and spirit longing for our Father’s presence.

Romans 8:1-4 (KJV)

1- There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2- For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

3- For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4- That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 

There is great peace and strength in the presence of God. In Him, there is everything we need. He is our Father, our friend, our company, our peace, our joy, our healer, our provider, our contentment. Searching for all these things outside of God, only brings confusion, loneliness and despair. We are all faced with hard situations. We all get caught up in our flesh with frustration and worry. There is a choice, though. Do you stay in a place of darkness and chaos, or do you choose to lay it all at Jesus’ feet?

 

This week I challenge you to lay your troubles down at the foot of the cross and feel the amazing peace and strength God has waiting for you.

Have a Blessed week in Christ!

Jeanie Hannah

 

 

I Love Bacon!

Week 18

Building A Relationship With God

 

There is just NOT enough bacon in the world! I love bacon! Every trip to the grocery store yields another package of bacon purchased. Bacon is just good! Soups, salads, sandwiches, by it’s self. Bacon just enhances any dish!

 

What if… I was as passionate about Jesus as I am about bacon? There is not enough Jesus in this fallen world. Jesus is perfect for every situation. Feeling lonely, no direction or purpose, sad, mad, offended. There is nothing this world can dish, that Jesus can’t help us through. What if I could shout out to anyone “I love Jesus!” What if every trip, outside of my home, yielded seeds planted in the spirits of the lost?

 

There is nothing wrong with loving bacon or cake, or whatever it is that you love. I love bacon and cake! I love writing for God. I love painting. I love my husband and our little Worm so very much! We have to keep ourselves in check though to make sure we don’t love something or someone more than we love God.

 

Jesus says in Matthew 10:37-37 (KJV)

37- He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38- And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

 

2 Peter 1:2-8 (KJV)

2- Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

3- According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertaineth unto life and godliness through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.

4- Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5- And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6- And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7- And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

8- For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

This week I challenge you and myself to Love God more. Seek Him out more. Take this love or worldly things and use that passion to bring Glory to God!

 

I Love Jesus!

Have a Blessed Week in Christ!

Jeanie Hannah

Some Little Girl Sure Needs Jesus

Week 17

Building A Relationship With God

Have you ever been consumed by stress? A situation in your life is so unfair and hurtful that it takes over every thought, word spoken and choice you make. You become physically sick from worry and stress. Your appetite diminishes. You start to recognize who is not there for you. You become depressed and feel alone. No one cares. No one is there to listen to you vent it all out. No one is there to agree with you and help you voice the unfairness. The people you have stood with disappear. You listened when they needed to vent; but no one wants to hear your problems.

 

This is a very precarious situation. You are past the point of choice. You are justified in your feelings. You are not wrong! You think that you cannot help or control your feelings or emotions.

 

How do we pull ourselves up and out of the all consuming darkness? How do we avoid revisiting this situation? How do we keep our peace of mind and stay in God’s will when it feels like everyone is against us? How do we find joy when all we see is despair?

 

My Grand Mother’s favorite saying, when I was upset as a child, was “Some little girl sure needs Jesus!” She would walk by me and say this, and I would cry harder. I didn’t know how to let Jesus help me. She would make me so mad; but she was right. I needed Jesus. I also needed someone to tell me how to get Jesus. It took years of pain and rebellion before I figured this out. It is very simple; but hard too. We want approval from this world. We want comfort from those we love. I wanted my Grand Mother to stop, sit next to me, wrap her arms around me and tell me everything would be ok. she wanted me to find Jesus. The peace and comfort from my Heavenly Father is exactly what I needed.

 

How do we find Jesus? We find Jesus in the same way we find anything. We look for Him. We seek Him out. We cry out to Him. We ask for His help. We read the Bible and seek out His promises to us and we trust Him.

 

Here are some things God has promised us:

Peace: Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Strength: Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

But 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; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Joy: Isaiah 35:10 (KJV)

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Renewing of our Minds: Romans 12:2 (KJV)

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Supplying our Needs: Philippians 4:19 (KJV)

But my God shall supply all you need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Love: John 3:16 (KJV)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God Will Fight For Us: Exodus 14:14 (KJV)

The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

God will not fail Us: Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

We are not Alone: Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

 

I have listed a few promises from our Heavenly Father. The Bible is full of promises to us, children of God. How do we get these promises? It’s simple. We have to believe that God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and that He rose again and lives today. The Bible says we find salvation when we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths.

Romans 10:9-10 (KJV)

9- That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10- For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

We just have to have faith in God. We have to trust Him more than we trust the things of this world. We have to turn our focus toward God instead of focusing on our situation. We have to desire to please God more than pleasing people.

Galatians 1:10 (KJV)

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

 

We simply have to make a choice to trust in God and accept the glorious peace, contentment and joy that only He can give. No earthly hug or bended ear can replace the presence of God or the comfort from your Heavenly Father.

 

This week I encourage you to choose the peace of God over the drama of life. Pray for those who wrong you. Sing a song of Praise to change the atmosphere from chaos to peace. Accept God’s gifts and let Him transform you with His love. Tell Him all your troubles and let Him fight your battles.  Choose this week to strive to please God and not people and enjoy the precious gift of peace over your life.

 

Have a Blessed Week In Christ!

Jeanie Hannah

Inclusive

Week 16

Building A Relationship With God

 

Romans 5:8-11 (KJV)

8-But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

9-Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

10-For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

11-And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

 

Proverbs 30:5 (KJV)

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.

 

Romans 10:9-10 (KJV)

9- That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10- For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

Do you feel included? This world has gotten so inclusive that people are being pushed aside. Everyone wants to be part of something greater than themselves. This world is screaming inclusion; but showing division. If you are part of one group, you can’t be part of another group. Each association has specific guidelines and rules to be followed. If you don’t follow the rules, you are outcast.

 

As believers in Christ, we should be setting an example for others to follow. God’s word, the Bible, is our guideline. We are called to love all people. We are called to forgive. We are called to share the Good News of Christ with all people; not just with those we see fit.

 

God’s word is as true and relevant today as it was when it was written. God gives us clear instruction on how to live in this world. He sent Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins because He knew we weren’t strong enough in our flesh to live a perfect flawless life.

 

This world thinks that, as Christians, we should be perfect. People see us fail and use this as an excuse for not believing in God.

Romans 3:23-24 (KJV)

23- For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24- Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

 

The sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, made us inclusive. His death and resurrection brought us into the exclusive Kingdom of God. He paid the way because we couldn’t. The only thing we have to do is choose. We can choose to believe in our hearts and confess with our mouth; or we can choose to believe in this fallen world and protest those who choose to believe.

 

Loving God doesn’t give us an excuse to judge someone or be mean to people. Loving God does, however, lay on our hearts a responsibility to uphold His word. We can love someone and have forgiveness; but not come into agreement with their choices.

 

If you choose to live a life outside the word of God, that’s on you! If I come in contact with you and don’t show you the Love of Christ, that’s on me! We will all, believers and non believers, have to stand before God and give account for the things we have chosen.

2 Corinthians 5:10 (KJV)

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, weather it be good or bad.

 

This week I challenge you to look past behavior and see people as God sees them. Show the love of Christ and uphold the Word of God!

 

Have a Blessed week in Christ!

Jeanie Hannah

 

 

Turn This Day Around

We never really know what goes on in the hearts and lives of others. Someone may seem to have it all together; but in reality, they may be struggling and falling apart inside.
Emotions are different for all of us. Some put on a brave face while others lash out. A bad day is a bad day weather it shows on the surface or not. Struggles in this life are real and can become overwhelming.
Take time today to slow down. No matter what you are facing, there is always something to be thankful for. Steady yourself and count your blessings. Try to find one positive thing to remind yourself of. Remember God’s word and give Him praise and Glory. Your spirits will lift and you will be able to tackle obstacles one by one and conquer even the most bleak situation.
“Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭54:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭121:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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Have a blessed day in Christ!

Jeanie Hannah