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July 26, 2017

Keeping the Faith in the Wait

We are an impatient people. We are accustomed to getting everything NOW. We can Google anything and have an answer in seconds. God doesn’t work that way.

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

The waiting can be hard. We must hang on to our hope in our faith. Never give up. Press in. Lean on your sisters and brothers in Christ when you need prayer. Moses grew so weak in battle that he had to have two brothers lift his arms up. There is no shame in asking for help. It’s okay to cry. Just don’t pitch a tent and stay in a sad and dry place. There is always something good to come from the valley experiences. The valley is the most fertile.

If God seems to be distant. If it seems He doesn’t hear you. Take heart, He never leaves us nor forsakes us.
He knows what the waiting is for.

Trust.
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July 24, 2017

Shine Until You Sparkle!

We all know the little song, ‘This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…’

As we grow closer to the Lord in our daily walk with Him, our little light begins to sparkle.

It’s our inner joy bursting through all the darkness. It’s our strength. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

The enemy is a thief. He will try everything he can to steal our joy, our sparkle. He will use people, life events, sickness, mental breakdown, finances and doubts. If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have an inner light that cannot be put out. But, it can be dimmed and lose its sparkle. The Holy Spirit helps us to know what and how to pray. He is always with us. Pray against the enemy’s plots, no matter how they come. Pray for God to protect the sound mind you were given. He hears even our moaning and collects our tears. He knows when we have been mistreated, lied on, and betrayed by those we love.

Press in, friends. Press in hard! In difficult times, when the thief comes for your joy- STAND. Don’t be concerned about how great your prayers may sound. At the name of “Jesus,” every demon must flea. SAY IT. BELIEVE IT. CLAIM IT. REPEAT.

Sparkle.
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July 21, 2017
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July 20, 2017

Mercy and Grace

The world is full of voices. There are so many ways that we can be pulled and torn. Guard your heart. Rely on the Lord to carry you. Surrender everything to Him because He can handle everything and He is in the details.

It is not a sign of weakness to cry.

"When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled … Jesus wept." John 11:33, 35

“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Don’t lose heart. Our Father God is with us, always. Our Lord Jesus lives in our hearts. The Holy Spirit guides us and even tells us how to pray. Thank God for His great mercy and grace- things not of the world, things not earned,things that are most precious.

“We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.” Daniel 9:18
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July 19, 2017

God’s vision comes with His provision.

He is more than enough, but sometimes we question where He is, why He hasn’t answered a prayer yet, why He hasn’t opened a new door, why He has allowed hard times…our minds can become overwhelmed with the ‘whys.’

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7

God is not our Santa. He is our Father and knows what is best for us. He allows trials to test our faith, so that we learn to stand. Sometimes the teacher is silent while the student takes the test. But, He never leaves us if we love Him and seek Him.

This is a daily walk, not a Sunday morning routine.
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July 18, 2017

God created a wonderful world for us to enjoy. That doesn’t mean it will be comfortable all the time. It does mean that He promises to never leave us: “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8

The love of the Father for His children is extreme!
Shhhh…listen.

“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
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July 14, 2017

Genuine Peace

God desires that we walk in peace at all times- peace within ourselves and peace with others. The devil works diligently to steal our peace, but Jesus is our Peacemaker!

“Rise up, hold your head up,” says the Lord.

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16
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July 13, 2017

He’s an On-Time God

How often do we fret and worry when we have to wait. We live in a time when everything is on warp speed…fast food drive-through; online bill pay and banking; self-serve gas stations and grocery stores.
If we have to be put on hold on the phone, 30 seconds seems like an eternity and we can find ourselves unsettled.

This does not work with God.

One of the best examples of patience is how long Sarah and Abraham waited for a son whom God promised. They weren’t completely patient all of those years, but they never lost faith in the promise.

“Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” Genesis 18:14

Impossible to man, but in His immaculate timing, God came through and Isaac was born.

What are you waiting for? Have you given up hope on any of God’s promises? Claim them and thank Him until you receive them. And, be aware that these promises sometimes arrive looking a bit different than we have imagined them Trust that God is always on time and He knows what is best for His children.

Stand firm in the wait.
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July 11, 2017

If you’re reading this, you still have purpose here, friends.

Sometimes we wonder what our real purpose is: why was I put here; am I fulfilling God’s purpose for my life? Do I do enough? Am I going the right direction?

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” Proverbs 19:21

Our purpose is simply to love one another and to tell others about Jesus. Beyond that, we can serve in many roles…daughter, mother, wife, aunt, sister, friend, worker.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
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July 7, 2017

Starting every day with a thankful heart will provide the very best life, under any and all circumstances.

Sometimes we have to remind ourselves, family and friends, that when we are going through a storm, standing firm in our hope in our faith in Jesus and with and thankful heart, anything truly is possible with God.

Sometimes we have to literally write down a list of blessings. It’s a great way to get our mind off of our trials and broken hearts, and onto our faithful Father. No, it’s not always easy, but, it’s always best.
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July 6, 2017

You Can Count on it!

God’s love is unconditional. It’s agape love.

People will let us down. We will let someone down, whether intentionally or not.

“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.” Deuteronomy 31:16

This doesn’t mean we can live in any way we choose, knowing it’s against God. Once we surrender our life to our Heavenly Father, through the shed blood of Jesus, we should no longer desire to sin. And, when we sin, we should be remorseful with a truly repentant heart. The closer we walk with the Lord, the more aware we become of our sins and the more we strive to not repeat them. There are no levels or measures of sin. God says sin is sin. He doesn’t want us to attempt to qualify it.
There can be times that we move and put a distance between us and God, but He doesn’t move. He waits for us to return, like the prodigal son (daughter). It is into the loving arms of our Divine Creator that we should run to, not from. If you’ve drifted away, He is waiting. Talk to Him. He’s waiting to hear from you.

You are loved with a truly unconditional love from a real Father.
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July 3, 2017
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June 30, 2017

Take Heart!

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

God never painted a perfect picture of this life. He said we will have tribulation. That’s not how He wanted it for us, but upon Adam & Eve’s sin, sin entered the world. But, take heart, because He promised to see us through! There’d be no testimonies without the tests.

We are certainly living in the end times. We are seeing the prophecies of Revelation come to fruition. It can be disheartening. Many Christians refuse to watch the news due to its graphic and negative content. But, God said, “Take heart!”

“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

Friends, whatever this week and this day looks for you, take heart! If you are enduring a storm of life, hold on! This isn’t your first rodeo…consider the previous storms that you thought might never end, but they did.
Take heart! God goes before us, He prepares a way- because His love is unconditional.

“Rejoice, and again I say, Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
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June 27, 2017

It’s not a One-Time Request…It’s a Daily Need

This verse is often quoted when preaching the salvation message. It is an awesome verse for those lost, those seeking truth, love, and peace. Jesus Christ is our love and peace. But, this verse can be applied to our daily lives. In our walk, we must seek Him daily, moment-by-moment. We must knock and say, ‘Good morning Lord, thank you for the very breath I am still breathing. Please help me to use this gift to glorify you.’ Although the verse starts with ‘ask,’ let’s consider it last. With thankful hearts we should approach our Father through His Son, not asking for anything.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you. shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks, finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.”
Matthew 7:7–8
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