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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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Living in a Prison of Hope

"Let Your Hopes, Not Your Hurt, Shape Your Future" Robert H Schuller

“Let Your Hopes, Not Your Hurt, Shape Your Future” Robert H Schuller

I am secure when I lock myself in my prison of hope. Maybe you’re thinking that being a prisoner represents captivity and loss of freedom. In God, we are bound in believing the best is yet to come; victory is on its way. Allow yourself to be captured by and be filled with hope.

Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will  restore double to you. ~  Zechariah 9:12  

 

Biblical hope is a solid foundation. Hope is a confident and eager expectation of something good. God promises He will restore double what we have lost or had stolen from us. Are you ready to receive a double blessing?

As for me, I accept that I am a Prisoner of Hope – someone who God brought from a wounded victim in a biker gang war to an encounter with the hope and healing of God’s love.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,         for He who promised is faithful. ~ Hebrews 10:23

We know we will encounter life’s trials and tests.  But be assured, there is hope in the valley, there is deliverance at the end of the trial, there is joy in the journey. Whatever you may be facing today, open your heart to the one who is our hope. Rest in Him and His promise of eternal life. Nothing can separate you from His love for you!

When you do not see the answer to your prayers, your hope can become deferred. But, wait – hope deferred does not mean hope denied. f3252933eb4536a8fb5f574f35141d6f

So how do we guard our hearts against a hope deferred?

Our hope must be based on the unfailing, amazing love of God for us.                    1 John 4:19

Keep your eyes on Jesus and not on your circumstances.                             ~ Hebrews 12:2

God’s timing, is not your timing.                                                                                               ~2 Corinthians 6:2

God will work all things together for your good.                                               ~Romans 8:28

Know that we live in a sinful world and our plans may not come together in the way we envisioned them.                                                                                           ~Proverbs 16:9

In the meantime, renew your faith in the Lord. He is our Hope!

 

Thank you, Lord, for the hope, we have in you. May we live as a prisoner of hope. We know you are faithful to your promises.

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When God When?

Have you ever cried out in frustration to God, “When God, when?” There are times when our prayers can appear to go unanswered. We question if God even hears our pleas. But be assured, He is working on our behalf.

Jeremiah 29:11 gives us hope for the future; “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.”      woman waiting

We can wait on God passively or expectantly. The passive person will eventually give up, believing they have waited long enough and nothing will change. They decide to learn to live with the situation. The expectant person continues to hope and expects the answer is coming at any moment, even though the waiting continues.

Do you believe that God will never fail you? Can you accept God’s timing and resist the temptation to reason it all out on your own? “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) Can you live in hope and trust God who causes all things to happen at exactly the right time?

In the book of Genesis, we read about the story of Joseph. He waited many years for the fulfillment of the dream God gave to him. Joseph went through many difficult situations and remained in prison before the time came for God’s purpose to manifest itself. (Genesis 39:41)

I must confess that I had a passive heart regarding a health issue. In 1977, I became a victim of a violent biker gang war and suffered two gunshot wounds from an M16 rifle. While recovering in the hospital, I contracted Hepatitis C through one of many blood transfusions. It wasn’t until a few years later that I learned I was infected with the chronic Hepatitis C virus. This contagious liver disease will not simply go away.

For the past 39 years, I had numerous blood tests, liver biopsies, and doctor visits to monitor my liver. The only treatments available were difficult to endure, and the success rate for a cure was below average. I resolved to accept and adapt to living with Hepatitis C. I simply grew tired of waiting.

Suddenly a new drug came on the market, and I was an excellent match for treatment. More tests, frequent doctor’s visits, and endless paperwork followed, but this time, I waited expectantly. And then one day, a box arrived on my doorstep containing my first bottle of medication. I prayed with thankfulness for the healing that would soon come.

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My latest test results revealed the virus was no longer detected in my blood. My breakthrough had come. Now I am focusing on other prayer requests that have seemed to go unanswered. My faith has swelled with hope, for God is faithful!

Pray-ButtonThank you, Lord, for your limitless power. Help us to wait patiently and expectantly to receive our breakthrough.

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Keep Your Focus on Jesus

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that wfocus2as set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. (Hebrews 12:2-3 NJKV)

God does not want us just to glance at Him; He wants us to focus on Him. If we focus on Jesus and not the chaos in our world, we can choose to believe that the things that shape our world, do not have to shape our lives. What shapes our lives is knowing that God is alive  and working in our hearts as we focus our eyes on Him. Nothing can separate us from the love of God.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)

When we face trials and tribulations, we can feel weighed down in our struggles. But remember that Jesus suffered all the way to the cross so we may have salvation from our sins. What are our trials compared to the agonies He suffered?

It is essential that as believers in Jesus we do not yield to distractions. Sure, every day the news is filled with disturbing images of killings and devastation. He will supply all our needs, bear our sorrows, and give comfort for our burdens. We can trust Him for protection and defense.

Are we willing to lay aside fears, worries or anything that seeks to drain us of our hope in Christ? Focus on Jesus – the author and finisher of our faith. His faith working in us will strengthen us until we see Him face to face in Heaven.

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3 NJKV)  focus

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Thank you, Lord, that nothing can separate us from your love. We can depend on your faithfulness, your promises, and your righteousness. We are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!

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Those Who Wait on God Will Never Be Disappointed

I am waiting wait on Godand anticipating for God to answer a longsuffering prayer. To be honest, I must confess there are times I sigh and grow weary. I want to ask God, “When God, when?”

I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. How we wait is important to God. Will you be frustrated or transformed while you wait? He gives the grace to await His purposes if we trust in Him. In our flesh, we want proof; but our spirit requires faith.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) 

Here are some truths to follow while waiting on God: 

Put your hope in His Word.  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. (Psalm 130:5)

Trust in the Lord, not in your own understanding. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You have an opportunity to experience God’s goodness. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)

Wait on God’s promise – Don’t go your own wayNow to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians 3:20)

Be strong and courageousBe of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:24)

Be steadfast in prayer and thanksgivingContinue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2)

Be assured – the blessings are comingTherefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. (Isaiah 30:18)

Next time you wait impatiently, remind yourself that God always has good reasons for making us wait, and he never asks us to wait without Him.  Isaiah knew this when he wrote:

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But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.        (Isaiah 40:31)

 

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Thank you Lord, for the faith to know that you are in charge of every detail of our lives. Your timing is perfect, and we can trust in you to renew our strength.

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Keep Hope Alive While Waiting for Your Breakthrough

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There are times when our prayers can appear to go unanswered. We question if God even hears those prayers. But be assured, He is working on our behalf.

“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)

We can wait on God passively or expectantly. The passive person will eventually give up, believing they have waited long enough and nothing will change. They decide to learn to live with the situation. The expectant person continues to hope and expects the answer is coming at any moment, even though the waiting continues.

Do you believe that God will never fail you? Can you accept God’s timing and resist the temptation to reason it all out on our own? Can you live in hope and trust God who causes all things to happen at exactly the right time?

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 NJKV)

In the book of Genesis, we read about the story of Joseph. He waited many years for the fulfillment of the dream God gave to him. Joseph went through many difficult situations and waited in prison before the time came for God’s purpose to manifest itself. (Genesis 39:41)

I must confess that I had a passive heart regarding a health issue. In 1977, I contracted Hepatitis C through a blood transfusion while recovering from gunshot wounds in the hospital. It wasn’t until a few years later that I learned I was infected and developed chronic Hep C. This contagious liver disease results from infection with the Hep C virus.

For the past 39 years, I had endless blood tests, liver biopsies and doctor visits to monitor my liver. The only treatments available were difficult to endure and the success rate for a cure was low. I resolved to accept and adapt to living with Hepatitis C. I didn’t cry out in frustration, “When, God, when?” I simply grew tired of waiting.

Suddenly a new drug comes on the market and I am an excellent match for treatment. More tests, frequent doctor’s visits and endless paperwork followed, but this time I waited expectantly. And then one day, a box arrived on my doorstep containing my first bottle of medication. I prayed with thankfulness for the healing that would soon come. Psalm 103:3 promises that He heals all my diseases.

My latest test results revealed the virus is no longer detected in my blood. My breakthrough has come. Now I am focusing on other prayer requests that have seemed to go unanswered, for God is faithful. My faith has swelled with hope!

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for your limitless power. Help us to wait patiently and expectantly to receive our breakthrough.

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Recipe for Thanksgiving

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Recipe for Thanksgiving                       (courtesy of The Tract League)

 

 

 

Two Teaspoons of Trust

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

One Cup of Contentment

… for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. Philippians 4:11

Three Tablespoons of Gratitude

… giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:12-14

One Teaspoon of Faith

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for your many blessings. My heart is grateful for your redeeming love!

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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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