Live According to God’s Purpose

Does change make you uncomfortable? Change is going to happen – we can depend on it. How will you respond? Fear of the unknown is often an anxiety riddled response. Whether you experience loneliness and pain or joy and comfort, we serve a God who never changes. (Hebrews 13:8) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In times of change, remember that our God is faithful.

In times of transition, when circumstances are changing, we can trust a sovereign and loving God to order all the events in our lives according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Every chapter of our life has its proper time ordained by God. We see this clearly in the book of Ecclesiastes. Each verse is matched with an opposite characteristic. We must accept God’s timetable or be broken by it. Through all the transitions and all the routine events of our lives, choose to Rest in Him.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born, And a time to die;

A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill, And a time to heal;
A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose;
A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate;
A time of war, And a time of peace.

               *All Scriptures are taken from NKJV

Thank you, Lord, that you are the same every day. You have a plan for our lives. Help us to live according to your purpose. 

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Memories are Contained in the Storehouse of Your Heart

Do you ever wonder what Mary treasured in her heart – was it the memory of when the angels spoke to her, or the sweet memories of holding baby Jesus for the first time, or the sight of Jesus sleeping peacefully?

Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19

… His Mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2:51

God calls us to remember and to teach our children to put their confidence in God by remembering and sharing the good works of God. (Psalm 78:5-7).

God brought Moses and the children of Israel out of Egypt and then because of sin, they had to wander in the desert for 40 years. When God finally lead them into the Promised Land, He told each tribe to bring a stone from the Jordan and to build a stone tower. The Lord knew that their children would ask, “What do these stones mean?” They were to respond by sharing God’s faithfulness to bring them to the Promised Land. This monument served as a reminder to them and their future generations of what God has done. (Joshua 3 & 4).

We all have memories we treasure in our heart. There are times when God brings precious memories to mind. I am most grateful for these. When I question His plan or put my trust in worldly things, I often need to return to these treasures of my heart to remember God’s faithfulness to my family and me. God has given us the gift of our memories so we can return to those valuable thoughts when our lives begin to overwhelm us.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 6:19

Perhaps Mary remembered her treasured thoughts when Jesus was not welcome in his own hometown or even as he was being persecuted. Remembering her treasured thoughts provided her with the assurance that God was the same God who trusted her with the gift of being Jesus’ mother and that He could be trusted in all things.  (All Scripture verses are from the NIV). 

Thank you, Lord, for the treasured memories of your faithfulness.

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Learning to Trust in God

  • You can’t trust Him without faith. Do you have faith in His love for you? Do you believe He is really listening to you? He wants to take care of you! Listen to the Word in John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

  • Tell your heart not to worry. I know doubts swarm around in our heads and it will take an intentional decision to choose to trust God. You may have to remind yourself daily of your decision, but decide to believe.

 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.     Philippians 4:6-7

  • Take your thoughts captive. Positive thoughts are full of faith and hope. Negative thoughts are full of fear and doubt. Beware Satan will try to discourage us. The answer – Focus on Jesus, He is the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

  • Read your Bible on a regular basis. Become familiar with the promises of God. Be reminded of God’s love, His redemption, His restoration, and His encouragement to trust Him.

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.                Psalm 110:105

  • Trust God through the trials. Jesus told us in John 16:33,

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.  

  • Do Not Fear. The Lord is with you. If you are anxious, make your requests known to God. Philippians 4:6

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

  • Don’t Give Up. Lean on God’s grace. Cast your cares upon God.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Thank you, Lord, by abiding in your word, the truth will set us free! 

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Cleanse Me Lord That My Broken Bones Will Rejoice

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Psalm 51:7-8 

King David felt the weight of his own sin and understood the path of repentance would open the door for God’s forgiveness.

Bones are the strength and framework of the body. At times God must figuratively or literally crush our bones in order to lead us from the path of sin.

This is my testimony – following a misguided search for love and acceptance, I found myself immersed in a biker gang. I was miserable and wanted to escape, but I was trapped. God in His mercy allowed me to become a victim in a biker gang war and made a way of escape for me.

The bullets from M16 rifles inflicted much pain and suffering. The bones in my arm and leg were crushed.  At first, I thought God was punishing me. In the long months in the hospital, my heart began to soften.

Like King David, I cried out to the Lord,  Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Receiving the inward assurance of God’s forgiveness caused my bones to rejoice. I now dance with joy and gladness on weakened legs because my salvation has been restored.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17

Thank you, Lord, for your forgiveness of sin and your restoration out of brokenness.

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Living a Restored Life in God’s Transforming Love

Among my mother’s keepsakes, I came upon a yellowed and torn article that blessed me abundantly. (author unknown)

broken vessels My daughter’s life reminds me of a beautiful vase that has been dropped and broken. When a broken vase is put back together properly, the cracks still show – like the scars in her life.

 At first, a fractured vase must be handled carefully until it has mended properly. After it has mended, the cracks of the fracture become less and less visible.  With the aging of the vase, new lines appear, and the fracture lines blend with the new lines – enhancing its beauty.

 To new people our daughter meets, the fractures in her life are not seen. They can’t believe they were ever there. To the prayer partners, the lines of God’s grace and love in her life have created new lines that have built faith and hope in their lives.

Do you fear you will never be able to let go of the brokenness in your life? Do you carry the burdens of hopelessness, pain, and sorrow?  Does shame and condemnation from your past hold you captive? You are not alone – God will meet you in your broken places.

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and He saves those who have a contrite spirit. (Psalm 34:18)

The best way to heal a broken heart is to give God all the pieces. A contrite heart is one that is not led by self-will, but one that is obedient to the conviction of God’s word and is led by the Spirit of God. The Lord wants you to trust Him and develop a dependent spirit on Him. You will find rest and freedom in yielding a broken, contrite heart to be molded by the hand of God.

I was once devasted by the physical, mental and spiritual trauma in my life. Gently, the Lord opened my heart to the truth of His love, compassion, and grace. His transforming love overwhelmed my brokenness. Friend, you are not too broken, your past does not define you and you can be whole again.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

 

Pray Easy

Thank You, Lord, for your transforming love that heals my brokenness and restores my life with love, hope, and joy in your salvation.

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Diagnosis of Your Heart

We all know the heart is a vital organ in our body. Doctors often use x-rays and scans to diagnose conditions of the heart. The medical community reminds us to be heart healthy. Surgery may be required to repair a damaged heart.

Your heart should be a top priority; it is important to make sure it is healthy. The intent of the heart is at the core of our being. The Lord sets a significant importance for keeping our hearts pure.  In Proverbs 4:23, Solomon told his son, Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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How does the Great Physician view your heart? The heart is the spiritual part of us where our emotions and desires live. We may not always understand our own heart, but Jesus does. “Would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?” Psalm 44:21

The emotional state of the heart affects the whole person.

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:13

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

Jesus declares the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37  Clearly, this is more than an emotion – it is a conscious commitment to the Lord.

“People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7.

327d550639334259c8c6012fb78f9c36Ask the Lord to create in you a clean heart. (Psalm 51:10)

~ Remember the character of God. Reflect on His promises.

~ Leave your past mistakes and failures behind. Jesus has forgiven you, now forgive yourself.

~ Expect great things from God. Accept great things from God.

~ Open your heart to receive from Him. Have a teachable spirit.

~ Have a grateful heart. Count your blessings, (I bet there are many).

~ Read God’s word. Take time to pray and worship Him.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

*All Scripture references are from the New International Version.


Pray EasyThank you, Lord,
for understanding my heart and instructing me in the way I should go.

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Be a Super Hero for Christ

superhero-450419_640A superhero is a character who has super powers and abilities. In the war against evil, a superhero fights for truth and justice.

Over the years, superheroes have appeared in comic books, on television, and in the movies. These days it seems like there is no shortage of superhero characters.

The Lord has equipped us to be superheroes for Him. He wants us to fight for truth and justice. We are to be warriors in the army of God. We don’t need to put on a cape, but rather He has provided for us the armor of God.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:11-13 (NKJV)

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As we go out into an uncertain world, always remember to put on the full armor of God; for He is our protector. The belt of truth holds the armor in place and keeps us secure in Christ. The breastplate of righteousness guards our heart. Everywhere we walk we bring the promise of the gospel of peace. The shield of faith quenches all the fiery darts of the wicked. The helmet of salvation protects our minds from the lies of the enemy. The sword of the spirit represents the living word that pierces the darkness. Lastly, stay alert and pray!

 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.                   Ephesians 6:14-18 (NKJV)

Pray EasyThank you, Lord, for shielding us from the evil one. We rest in your protection.

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Is It Possible To Live Worry-Free?

Worry-Free living – is it possible? The benefits of depending on God are endless.

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“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”     John 15:5 NKJV

As we begin 2017, I want to encourage you to wholeheartedly depend on the one who is extending His hand towards you. He will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5) Run to Him and Trust in Him.

So how do we depend on the Lord? The Christian who is walking in God’s Word is less likely to ask anything that goes against God’s will.

  • Surrender Your Will – God’s purposes are always for your greater good. (Romans 8:28)
  • Abide in Christ – Your soul is nourished in the presence of Jesus Christ. (James 4:8)
  • Renew Your Mind – Immerse yourself in God’s Word. (Philippians 4:8)
  • Trust in God’s Faithfulness – Call upon Him and He will answer you. (Psalm 91:15)
  • Be Rooted and Established in Love – Trust in God’s unfailing love forever. (Psalm 52:8)
  • Rest in Him – Ask Jesus to fill you with His peace. (Matthew 11:28)

Pray EasyThank you, Lord, for your many benefits that result from depending on you.

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Receive the Gift of God’s Joy

God is our source of JOY

Not feeling joyful this season? I know Christmas is not always a happy time for everyone. It was not joyous for me the year I lay in a hospital bed alone and sorrowful. Myjoy-1823939_640-1 body was encased in plaster and my leg in traction.

There was the year my father died on December 23 and our family spent Christmas Day in the car driving to New Jersey for his funeral. Years later my sister-in-law would lose her fight with cancer on this very day.

One Christmas Eve as our family was preparing for our celebration; my mother-in-law was rushed to the hospital only never to return home.

The sting of their absence over the years affected our Christmas seasons. We no longer participated in some of our Christmas traditions. Each season we remembered our loss.

And then joy entered our hearts again. Our grandson was born on December 23 and recovery came.

JOY is strength

Joy is not just the absence of suffering, it is the presence of God. There is joy in the season and the celebration, not because of our circumstances, but because Jesus is the Reason for the Season. Jesus came so we could find God’s joy in all things.

Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.          (Nehemiah 8:10b)

angel-564351_640If you find yourself struggling with sadness, anxiety, or loneliness at this time of year, Romans 15:13 is my prayer for you.

 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

May you keep the hope of God’s joy in your heart all year long.

Merry Christmas!

Love, Maureen

Pray EasyThank you, Lord, for your hope that brings joy and peace to our hearts 

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Receive the Gift of No Condemnation

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Here we are in the season of gift giving. The excitement of Christmas and Hanukkah surround us. Are you excited about the perfect gift you found for a special someone? In your mind, you are rehearsing the joyful surprise of the blessing to come as you hand them their gift.

Jesus gave many gifts to those he called His sons and daughters. Among His many blessings, He is reaching out to you to receive His gift of No Condemnation.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1

In chapter 8 of the gospel of John, Jesus teaches about overcoming condemnation from others.

The scribes and Pharisees attempted to discredit and challenge Jesus by bringing a woman charged with adultery before Him. Adultery was punishable by stoning under the law of Moses. Jesus responded to those who judged her, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” Those who heard it, being convicted by their sins, dropped their stones and walked away.

When Jesus found himself alone with the woman, he said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”  She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

The power to live a lifestyle free from sin comes from accepting the wonderous gift of Jesus taking on the condemnation for our sins. Now that is the freedom to walk in peace, joy, and faith, and to live the abundant life that Jesus came to give us!

And if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed! John 8:36

Pray EasyThank you, Lord, for the abundant gifts you give to your children.

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