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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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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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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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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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Living a Joyful Life

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But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.  Psalm 5:11

Don’t we all long for happiness? Looking at these cute little sheep makes me happy, but happiness is based on things, surroundings, and circumstances. Even the US Declaration of Independence proclaims that we have the right to “the pursuit of happiness.” A common myth is happiness is found “on the other side of the fence where the grass is always greener. ”  (view the previous blog). Nowhere in the Bible does God advise us to pursue happiness. The happiness that we seek is elusive and fleeting, but joy is permanent.

Joy is dependence on God; He is everything we need. Joy is from the Lord, and He gives us the strength to experience joy in the midst of trials and tests.  A fruit of the Spirit, true joy is a special gift that only is available to believers.

God wants us to be ” full of joy.” It is a natural part of our lives when we are connected to Him. Joy is the ever-deepening awareness that our lives are hidden in Christ. This is a unique kind of joy because it is heavenly, not earthly.

You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence. Acts 2:28

joyful-life4There are 192 Scriptures about JOY in the NKJV of the Bible. That is enough reason to give this fruit of the Spirit some added study. (All Scriptures are from NKJV).

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

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.         James 1:2-3

 

Pray-ButtonThank you, Lord, for providing us with the gift of true JOY to withstand trials and tests. You have given us everything we need!

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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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The Lord Orders Our Steps

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Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.  (Isaiah 31:21)

If we follow God and seek His will, we can be sure to walk on solid ground. What hope we have in the assurance that He is in control. We might stumble over a few bumps in the road, but if we trust Him, He will take our hand and keep our steps on the right path.

As believers, we walk by faith in the goodness of God. We can walk confidently knowing that He is with us and that we will face nothing alone. We need not worry about what is on the road ahead.  If there is a fork in the road, stop and ask Him to direct your steps and lead you along the path He has destined for you. Look ahead and see Him beckoning you on -step by step.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. (Psalm 37:23) 

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

My husband, Tom, often reminds me to walk confidently. I lean on a cane for support; without it, I risk falling. Sometimes I struggle and call out, “Lord give me steady footing.” The Lord becomes my confidence and my strength to take the next step. 

Uphold my steps in Your paths, That my footsteps may not slip. (Psalm 17:5)  

ChooseWalk confidently to live purposely; let God direct your steps. Walk with integrity (Proverbs 10:9), Walk humbly (Micah 6:8).

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)

Now walk in it…

 

Thank you Lord, for the assurance that you are always with us. You will not cause oPray-Buttonur foot to stumble, but you will lead us on our destined path.

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The Key to Living Free

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The key to living free is to forgive those who trespass against you. God commands us to forgive, but it requires a conscious choice to do so. It is not a feeling, but an action. Are you willing to surrender embedded memories of shame, pain, and suffering to God?

You do not have to live in the past with a heart full of bitterness and guilt. The longer you carry resentment, the heavier it becomes. Isn’t it time to accept reality and move forward? Are you willing to open old wounds and let God show you the offending person as He sees them? Through His eyes of compassion and grace, you may just get a better understanding of why an individual acts the way they do.

Forgiveness is a prominent theme throughout the Bible. Unforgiveness and self-righteousness will block restoration. The Bible has over 101 verses referencing the action forgive.

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15

0e1273bff3ccc2a036ced1eee90e61a0Forgiving someone does not mean that what they did was ok. Instead, it is about setting your heart free from the chains of unforgiveness. Forgive them even if they are not sorry. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Most times, forgiveness is a slow process. We see this in The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant: Matthew 18:21-22

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” 

Jesus knows that forgiveness is not easy. It is not a one-time choice to be made and then we automatically live in a state of forgiveness. While that may sound great, forgiveness may require a lifetime of continuous forgiving.

We forgive out of obedience to the Lord. Our reward is called freedom.

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25

Pray-Button Thank you, Lord, for forgiving me for any resentment and bitterness I hold against another. Where there has been an injustice, I choose to let you be Judge. I put my trust in you. Your power and grace are at work in me.

Are you holding unforgiveness in your heart? Are you willing to lay down your unforgiveness to receive freedom?

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Kindness Matters

“The fruit of the Spirit is …
love, joy, peace,Kindess

patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self-control.”             (Galatians 5:22-23)

What does kindness look like to you? An encouraging note, an unexpected gift, a homemade treat, a friend calling to pray with you, or a gentle touch towards someone who is feeling fragile. Whatever comes to mind, it probably brings a big smile to your face and a sense of loving care.

My mother-in-law would often say, “Kindness is love in its work clothes”. It is a call to action. Kindness is humbly giving of ourselves in love and mercy to others who may not be able to give anything back, who may not deserve it, and who may not thank us for it.

Simply put, kindness is a way of thinking that leads to doing thoughtful deeds for others. “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

A Kind GestureGod wants us to demonstrate kindness because we are to extend His love and mercy to the world. Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the difference. When we consistently show tender mercies to others, little by little, it will add up to a changed heart – one formed by kindness.

Last week with my hubby, Tom, in the hospital having his hip replaced, we were on the receiving end of many acts of kindness. We are so grateful to the kind nurses and therapists, but also to the friends who came to visit and offer their help.

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for your loving kindness towards your children. Guide us to those who need a touch of compassion from you.

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