Category Archives: Goodness

10 Things God Wants You To Remember

 

In Joshua 4, God tells the Israelites to form a stone tower to remember how the Lord made a way for them to enter the Promised Land. This monument served as a reminder to them and their future generations of what God had done for them.

Today we still need reminders of God’s love and faithfulness. If you lose sight of the truth of God’s love and mercy during a trial or hardship, take the time to remember these 10 things. (I ‘m certain you would be able to add to this list.)

I will give you rest ~ Matthew 11:29  

I will strengthen you ~ Philippians 4:13

I will answer you ~ Mark 11:22

I believe in you ~ John 3:16

I will bless you ~ Matthew 5:8

 

I am for you ~ John 14:3

I will not fail you ~ Isaiah 58:11

I will provide for you ~ Genesis 45:11

I will be with you ~ Hebrews 13:5

                                                            I love you ~ John 13:34

 

Thank you, Lord,  for sharing your faithfulness to us each day!

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She’s Someone’s Daughter

Modern Day Slavery – It is Everywhere!

Many people believe that human trafficking only occurs in foreign countries. This is a dangerous misconception.

WHY? Human trafficking exists in the United States and sometimes right in our own backyard.

WHAT? Do you know the facts? How can you help eradicate this horrible beyond belief crime? I challenge each Christian to ask God, “What would you have me to do in preventing abuse and making an impact for victims?”

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 

KNOW THE FACTS – Sex trafficking is a booming business. The common age a child enters sex trafficking is 14-16, but many are only 12 years of age. Can you imagine – She’s Someone’s Daughter who has lost her freedom!

GET INVOLVED – YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE                                      Click here for a list of ministry websites who are making a difference in their churches and communities working with victims, educating others, identifying victims and more. For more resources – visit my Pinterest Board – Stop Sex Trafficking. 

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                                                Prostitution is not the oldest business.                                                Slavery is the oldest business. (unknown)

Thank you, Lord, that you came to set the captives free. Show me what I can do to make a difference in the lives of those held in bondage by their traffickers.

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Where Have All the Mentors Gone?

women-mentoringWhen I was a young Christian and wondering what a new life in Christ would look like, a friend I had just met, volunteered to disciple me.

Each Friday night, a big bowl of popcorn sat between us as we opened our Bibles. I looked forward to our times together. I hungered for the truth and asked Diane, “What does God think about this, and what about that?”  She always went directly to the Bible to show me the answer from God’s Word.

It was between the pages of the Bible that she pointed out some of the women that God loved unconditionally. Women like Mary Magdalene, possessed by seven demons, but now delivered, healed and a follower of Jesus. Rahab, the harlot, who became a heroine of faith. They were two women transformed by God and later used in a mighty way. She shared the hope that God would transform me too as I followed Him.

Thirty-seven years later, she is still my best friend and mentor. She is a role model of how a Christian woman lives her life with all its trials and triumphs. Diane continues to have a great impact on my life, and she is surely one of my great blessings from God. Today our relationship is based on mutual caring and sharing.

Mentoring and discipleship are closely related. Discipleship is spiritual in nature. Mentoring is advising someone or teaching them a certain set of skills. Both are built on relationship building and a commitment to one another.

In the book of Ruth, we read about a beautiful relationship between two women. Ruth lifted Naomi’s spirits; Naomi guided Ruth. Each one was offering the other, the assurance of hope.

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Therefore comfort each other and edify one another,                         just as you also are doing.  (1Thessalonians 5:11 NKJV)

I have mentored girls coming out of sex trafficking and young girls needing someone to talk through situations of life. The need for mentoring is all around us. Will you seek the Lord to show you someone who needs mentoring or discipleship? It will be a most rewarding experience as you share His love with someone in need.  And who knows, you may just make a friend for life!

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Pray EasyThank you, Lord, for the relationship we have with you.

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Once You Choose Hope Anything is Possible

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Looking at the statistics above, it seems likely that we all know someone (if not yourself) that has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Myself, I can testify to the difficult year I fought breast cancer. The endless tests, surgeries, and depleted energy were all a part of my journey of restoration. Today I can declare I am a survivor!

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Here are some attributes that you will want to hold close to your heart while you are going through your healing.

Love – Choose love over fear.  Love never fails. 1 John 4:16; We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Faith – Let your faith be bigger than your circumstances. Have faith in the goodness of God to provide hope for the future. Hebrews 12:2; Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Strength – While you are healing from the physical scars or the emotional scars that breast cancer brings, meditate on His promises. He is faithful. Isaiah 40:29;  “He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength”

Hope – Hope looks forward. You will be able to break free from any fear and despair and receive healing and restoration. Psalm 39:7; “But now Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”

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Hold On Pain Ends – Whatever you are struggling with today, I encourage you to open your heart to the one who is our hope. The Lord is with you  –  be dependent on Him today. Rest in Him and His promise of eternal life. Nothing can separate you from His love for you. Once You Choose Hope Anything is Possible!

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Cultivate Compassion – God has great compassion towards you. Now put your compassion into action. There are many practical ways to help a woman that is suffering. You can lighten her load by preparing a meal, helping with the kids, running errands, and completing household chores. Your encouraging words and prayers will bring hope to the hurting.

Pray-ButtonThank you, Lord, for your love and compassion towards me. Show me those who need my help and compassion.

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Keep in Step With the Savior

followJesusThe Lord’s love for you is so abundant. He has prepared a way for you; now follow Him along the path that Jesus has walked before you. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25) 

The fruit of the Spirit consists of nine visible attributes of the Christian life – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) In your own strength, you cannot produce the fruit that comes from God. You first, must totally surrender your life to Jesus Christ.

If you have not begun your life in the Spirit, you can begin today. Follow Jesus, glorify the Lord and start to display God’s fruit. 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)

So many people today call themselves Christians. How do you discern the truth of their actions? The Lord has given His guidance in (Matthew 7:16) You will know them by their fruits. 

fruitYou can evaluate the fruits of the Spirit in your life with this diagnostic checklist:

Love – Do you do for others as Christ has done for you OR do you give to receive something in return?

Joy – Do you experience joy on a regular basis OR does your joy depend on your circumstances?

Peace– Do you feel frazzled by turmoil in your life OR do you experience “the peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Patience – Do you easily get irritated when things don’t go your way OR do you keep a godly perspective during trials?

Kindness – Do you serve others with kindness OR are you more focused on your own needs rather than letting the goodness of God overflow to others?

Goodness – Does your heart conceal dishonestly  OR  Does your heart reflect the character of God?

Faithfulness – Do you have areas of hypocrisy and indifference toward others in your life OR is your life characterized by faith in Christ and faithfulness to those around you?

Gentleness – Do you come across to others as brash and headstrong OR do you allow the grace of God to flow through you to others?

Self-Control – Do fleshly desires control your life OR do you allow the Spirit to direct you to the things that please God and serve others?

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God promises that if you will turn away from your own desires, He will empower you through His Spirit to live the abundant life He has created for you.

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Thank you, Lord for the path you have prepared for me. Help me to keep in step with you and give evidence of the fruits of the Spirit within me.

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A Sheep’s Reflection

I love this picture. Take a minute and study it with me; what do you see?

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Serenity, calmness, peace, and contentment all come to my mind. The Great Shepherd is calling us to rest beside the still waters.

While the Shepherd has much to do as He leads and chooses the path for the sheep to follow; the sheep have only to trust and follow the path He has chosen. He goes before them. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)

The Shepherd will always lead His sheep into green pastures and beside the still waters. However, we know the path to the pasture in not always smooth or easy. Yet, we can rejoice knowing we have a Shepherd, and in spite of our sorrows and cares in this world, the Lord’s sheep are well supplied!  Psalm 23

The Lord is my Shepherd

When you study your own reflection, what do you see?  You can choose to see your own shortcomings or you can choose to see the truth of God’s Word.

Do you feel insecure…You are secure “The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him, Who shelters him all the day long.           (Deuteronomy 33:12)

Do you feel discouraged… Encourage your heart Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

Do you feel lonely…You have a friend in Jesus I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)

Do you feel brokenhearted…You are whole “He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for completely accepting me. I am never alone – I am hidden under the shadow of your wings and I am the apple of your eye. Psalm 17:8

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A Quiet Refuge of Compassion

Be kind and compassionateA kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal – Steve Maraboli

“Alone in a hospital bed in Baton Rouge, I lay in a cocoon of plaster, restraining my body in the hope of repairing my shattered bones. My hospital room was a quiet refuge from the physical and emotional trauma I had suffered at the hands of a rival biker m16gang. I was a victim in a violent gang war, enduring intense pain after being shot in my left arm and right leg with M-16 rifles.”

cover_art_Chicken Soup*Except from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses

A Quiet Refuge is my story of the life-giving support that I experienced from the comforting hands and benevolent heart of an incredible nurse named Reni. Thirty-eight years later and thousands of miles apart, I am still so grateful for her many acts of kindness. She taught me that compassion towards others can restore hope and give strength to the weak. We only spent a couple of months together, yet we formed a bond of friendship that continues to this day.

During the time of my suffering in the hospital, consumed with shame and condemnation, I felt abandoned and unloved. Reni’s compassionate acts proved to be a reminder of God’s love for me. Her selfless actions demonstrated her strong desire to alleviate my suffering. And isn’t that at the heart of compassion…the essence of feeling another’s pain, while easing their hurt.

The Lord calls us to compassion – Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous. 1 Peter 3:8 (NJKV)

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for your heart of compassion. May we be sensitive to share the hope and encouragement that your love brings to others in need.

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Our Tears are Important to God

God expresses His love for us in so many amazing ways. In his unending compassion, He stores our tears in a bottle and keeps them in His book. Why would He do this? Scripture simply declares to us, our tears are important to God!                             Tears in a bottle

You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?  Psalm 56:8 (NJKV)

We never cry alone. God cares about each tear and the reasons we cry them. Tears of sorrow, tears of frustration, tears of hurt and anger, tears of despair and tears of joy – they are all a gift from God. We never have to explain the reason for our tears; God understands.

The Lord is not immune to tears. Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). Jesus wept over the death of Lazarus (John 11:35).

sow in tears - reap in joyTears are comfort for the hurting heart. They release our emotions and help to express the feelings that cannot be put into words. God uses our tears to point us to Him.

Those who sow in tears, Shall reap in joy. Psalm 126:5 (NKJV)

Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.          Psalm 30:5a (NKJV)

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You can find comfort in knowing that whatever you are going through, God has great compassion towards you. Your tears are so precious to Him that He collects them in a bottle & records them in His book.

You need not be  embarrassed about your tears, even when you try to hold them back. He is present with every tear shed; you can have utmost confidence God cares for you.

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Lord, I am so grateful for the love and compassion you have towards me. My heart is comforted in knowing that you are with me for every tear I shed.

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Your Baggage Isn’t Too Heavy for Jesus

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The Lord not only wants to carry your burdens, He wants to help you unpack the weight of regrets, guilt, unforgiveness, bitterness, and brokenness. Let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

God carries our sins. His sacrificial love secures the freedom and joy we experience in trusting Him. He himself bore our sins in His body on the cross. (1 Peter 2:24)

God carries our anxieties and worries. How many of us endure sleepless nights carrying burdens? These could include decisions, afflictions, relationships, fears, lack and so many more! These emotions are too heavy for us to carry alone. We have help and hope from our Savior who tells us to Cast all our anxiety on Him, because He cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7) 

God carries the cause of justice for us. We all have experienced unfairness. At times, the ungodly actions of others impact us negatively. How can we not be embittered by the injustice in the world? The only answer is to let God carry your cause and settle accounts for you. Vengeance is mine, I will repay (Romans 12:19) 

God carries each one of us throughout our lives. God formed you in your mother’s womb and He will carry you all of your days. Here’s proof: Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, And all the remnant of the house of Israel, Who have been upheld by Me from birth, Who have been carried from the womb: Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you. (Isaiah 46:3-4)

Prayer: Lord there are situations in our life where we become heavy laden. Help us to come to you and find rest for our souls.  Enemy

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Hands of Compassion

compassionThe Gospels use the word hands hundreds of times. “Jesus put out His hand and touched him…So He touched her hand…He went in and took her by the hand…Jesus stretched out His hand…Jesus came and touched them…Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray.”

Jesus’ hands are working hands – the village carpenter labored in the Middle Eastern sun without gloves or modern machinery.

Jesus’ hands are powerful, healing hands – just a single touch can heal a broken body or restore a broken soul.

Jesus’ hands are compassionate hands – He touches others with the gospel  message of love, humility, and acceptance.

nail pierced handsJesus’ hands are crucified hands – His nail-scarred hands represent the love He has for us and the sacrifice He was willing to make for our salvation. 

Jesus’ hands are inviting hands – He invites you to come to Him and receive His abundant love, humility and acceptance in your life.

Psalm 104:28 says, when God opens His hand, we’re filled with goodness. He wants us to use our hands to minister to others. Your hands can become a blessing to others.

Are your hands open to helping those God brings across your path? Are you generous towards ministries that need your support? Reach out to someone today and be a blessing in Jesus’ name.

praying handsPrayer – God take my hands and use them for your glory! Give me eyes to see the needs around me and the love to give with openhanded generosity.

 

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