Thursday, November 20, 2014

Critics

Critics.  We all have them.  Some constructive.  Some just critical.  Sometimes we are our own worst critic.  As we grow in our relationship with God, we develop a healthy sense of who we are in Him and a desire to be a better version of ourselves each day.  God is faithful to lead us on our journey. 

 

We learn to listen to His still small voice or however He chooses to speak, and let Him shape us into who He'd have us be---filtering out the critics or naysayers we will never please.  As we continue to do this, we realize things work out much better, we become better in the process and we simply can't go wrong.

 

"See to it that your relationship with Him is right and great events will come to pass for you and countless others…When we look back we realize the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God's hands were better than anything we could have planned."  "For I know the plans I have for you, declares The Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, to give you hope and a future."  Let God be the voice you listen too because in the end, it's His opinion of you that really counts! 

 

 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Be Still And Know...

"When you choose to be still and know that the Greater One lives on the inside of you, you are putting yourself in a position of strength. So today, take time to be still before Him. Let His peace cover you. Let Him refresh you by His Spirit. Remember, the battles you face belong to the Lord. Be still before Him so you can see His hand of victory in every area of your life!"

 (borrowed)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

God Is At Work On Your Behalf

"We all have times when we feel overwhelmed by life. You get a bad report, unexpected news, or someone you trusted wrongs you. God doesn’t sit back and think, “Too bad. Sorry your life is so difficult.” No, these things get His attention and He goes to work on our behalf---like a parent to a child.  In tough times, you’re not alone. God is fighting for you. The Most High God has your back.  Be thankful for His loving care, that He's protecting you and fighting your battles.  Stand strong in faith knowing He is working behind the scenes on your behalf to bring victory, good things and His favor to fruition in every area of your life!"

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gifts Without A Price Tag

At this time of year, we see many opportunities to give.  The media promotes causes and ways  to help those less fortunate have a Thanksgiving meal, or gifts under the tree on Christmas Day.  While giving is largely thought of in a monetary sense, there are many ways we can give and not just during the Holidays, but throughout the year.

 

One of the most priceless gifts that you can give is often a caring listening ear, a heart of love and words of encouragement.  As we work to love our neighbor as ourself, be open to giving of yourself in ways other than monetarily.  Everyone we meet is likely going through something challenging or fighting some kind of battle. 

 

Today, be open to opportunities God places in your life to lend a ear of compassion, a heart of love, and some words of encouragement.  These are priceless gifts that can't be wrapped in a package or served on a platter, but just what the recipient needs to help them make it through a difficult time---knowing someone cares.  Today, give a little of yourself in gifting someone with compassion, love and encouragement.  It may only take a moment and God will reward you in the process---"give and you shall receive."  You'll find these gifts priceless and end up being as blessed or even more so as the one who receives.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rejoice Today-With God's Help & By His Grace-You're Still Standing!

"All of us can look back at things that should have defeated us; but, God breathed new life in, lifted us up,  put a new song in our hearts, and here we are today, still standing!  When you go through difficulty, it’s an opportunity to see God's goodness shine---lift you up, restore you, promote you, heal you. When you have this history with God, you don’t get discouraged by difficulty, fall apart at disappointment, get upset if people are talking about you---God brought you through in the past, and He's going to bring you through in the future! Rejoice today because you are still standing and headed to the place of total victory and great purpose God has in store!"  (borrowed)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Let God Reveal How Amazing His Grace Really Is.

Once you've had a revelation of God's Grace in your life, you'll truly realize just how Amazing His Grace really is.  He won't force it on us; but, is ready, willing and able to bestow it freely when we ask.  If you've been going it alone, wearing yourself out getting no where fast, the simplest prayer "God Help," is an excellent place to start.  Give yourself a break today.  Let God step in, show Himself strong in your life and reveal just how Amazing His Grace really is---in ways you never imagined.  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Keep Your Focus On The Good Things of God

"Analyze your environment. 'Conduct spiritual housecleaning, if necessary, and do not let evil enter your presence.'  Your mind will clear, temptation will lift, and you will dwell in God's safety, protection, healing, blessings and favor." 


"Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, holy, friendly, and proper.  Don't stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise." (Phil. 4:8)



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Focus On Me-God

"Do not expect to be always be treated fairly in this life. People will say and do hurtful things to you, things that you don’t deserve. When someone mistreats you, view it as an opportunity to grow in grace. See how quickly you can forgive the one who has wounded you. Don’t be concerned about setting the record straight. Instead of obsessing about other people’s opinions of you, keep your focus on Me. Ultimately, it is My view of you that counts."

 

"When others treat you unfairly, remember that My ways with you are much better than fair. My ways are Peace and Love, which I have poured out into your heart by My Spirit." (Borrowed-Jesus Calling-Sarah Young)

 

"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."

—Colossians 3:13



Monday, October 27, 2014

Mercy Calls. Don't Be Reluctant to Show Mercy & Grace.

"In Godly fellowship, people will experience mercy. Fellowship is a place of grace, where mistakes aren't rubbed in but rubbed out. Fellowship happens when mercy wins with open arms of love and grace."

 

"It's impossible to have Godly fellowship without and a closeness to Him without  forgiveness because bitterness and resentment always destroy that fellowship and stand in the way of our relationship with God.  Human beings make mistakes which can cause hurt-sometimes intentionally;  but, usually unintentionally.  Either way, it takes massive amounts of God's mercy and grace for us to create and maintain fellowship with God and our fellowman."

 

"The mercy God shows to us is the same mercy we are to show others. Whenever you're hurt by someone, you have a choice: Will I use my energy and emotions for retaliation, anger, resentment and get bitter or will I show God's mercy and grow closer to Him and my fellowman.  You can't do both." (borrowed)

 

"So [instead of further rebuke, now] you should rather turn and [graciously] forgive and comfort and encourage [him], as God has done to you, to keep him from being overwhelmed by excessive sorrow and despair. " (2 Corinthians 2:7 AMP)

 

"Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as God has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. " (Colossians 3:13 AMP)

 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

In Him, with Him, through Him, by Him-THERE'S ALWAYS HOPE!

"Pain is part of life. Rough seasons come. When they do, you can be bitter or hopeful. When we focus on our pain, it solves nothing. When you focus on what depresses you, it lasts longer. Bitterness keeps you in pain." 


"How can you hope on the dark days? Remember, 'The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy continue.' You can count on it! His mercies are fresh as the morning-sure as the sunrise."


"When you realize He's all you need, your outlook improves. No matter what 'in Him I put my hope.' There's no better place to be. In Him, with Him, through Him, by Him-THERE'S ALWAYS HOPE!"

Friday, October 24, 2014

No Condemnation In Him. Honor God---He'll Honor You!

"There is no condemnation in Him.  His grace covers your past,  present and future.  He's not shocked by any of your failures or shortcomings.  He's not mad at you.  In receiving Him, and His perfect forgiveness, you are living under His grace!  Others may condemn you and not understand;  but, God does.  He has forgiven you---that's what matters.

 

Today Honor God.  Show His love with your life.  Thank Him for His grace.  When you honor God, He’ll honor you. He’ll open the door to His blessings and favor for your life , and you’ll see increase and the greater purpose He has for your life unfold--- in every area of your life!"

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is There Is Freedom!

"Where the Spirit of The Lord is, there is Freedom!"  What do you need freedom of/from  today?  Worry, fear, finances, peace in a relationship(s), health, job,  etc.  "You have not because you ask not---Ask  anything in His name believing and it will be given to you."  While God is not an ATM, He does answer prayer and wants the best for His children.  Fill in the blank ______, turn it over it to God, let Him give you freedom and His perfect peace and watch what He can do---"Exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ask or think."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

No Matter What

"No matter what your circumstances may be, you can find Joy in My Presence. On some days Joy is generously strewn along your life-path, glistening in the sunlight.  Other days are overcast and gloomy.  Regardless, My Joy is still attainable.  Remember that I have created this day, it's not by chance occurrence.  I am present with you.  Talk with me about whatever is on your mind.  Listen to My Still Small Voice within.  Rejoice in the fact that I know your perfectly and I know exactly what you are experiencing.  As you continue communication with Me, awareness of My Marvelous Companionship will infuse Joy and Strength whether the sun is shining or the day is gray!" (borrowed)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Grateful and Content or Entitled and Wanting More

We've all heard the expression "the more you make, the more it takes," or the infamous "keeping up with the Jones'."  Yes, the cost of living has increased, but is it really necessary to live under the demands of these clich├ęs?  Only if we allow it.  I've been in the vicious cycles of both and looking back could have made much wiser decisions in many areas of my life and lived with a lot less stress.  Thank God I don't live that way today. 

 

We can learn to live with gratitude in times of abundance and in the lean times---always totally depending on God.   When we really gain a true appreciation for being a blessing, giving back, paying it forward and being of service to others, no matter how great or small, life takes on new meaning and the new attitude and outlook God gives us on life is even greater.

 

Look around you today and thank God for your many blessing and all you have to be grateful for.  " All good things—your possessions, your family and friends, your health and abilities, your time—are gifts from God. Instead of feeling entitled to all these blessings, respond to them with gratitude.  Be prepared to let go of anything; but, never let go of God's hand! "

 

 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Good At The Core - Credit Where Credit Is Due

When we were small and growing up or maybe today we watch our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or friends little ones at some point take credit for something they had a lot of help doing---"I did it all by myself!"   Maybe they made the cookies "all by themselves"; but, someone helped---they got the ingredients together, baking dishes ready, prepped everything and did most of the work behind the scenes.

 

It's nice as adults to receive credit for a job well done.  We see it in sports, at work, at home, with school projects; but, likely there was some team effort involved.  Someone blocked that running back and threw him the football making that touchdown possible.  Someone gathered all the materials for that school project or a team of employees likely served on that project at work---helping bring the accolades, at-a-boys, praises, and cheers for your success.

 

As we grow daily in our relationship with God, we begin to be strengthened, purified and good at the core of who we are.  God gives us a new attitude and outlook on life, provides His favor and blessings and makes things possible that without Him wouldn't be possible.

 

Today, may I remember at the core of who I am that God is my strength, has given talents and abilities, provided for my needs and put good people in my life to help me pull it all together.  May I humbly give credit where credit is due and thank Him for all He does in my life to help me move  forward each day to be a little better version of me than the day before and successful at even the smallest things in life.  "With Him, ALL things are possible," and "nothing is impossible."  Thanks God!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nothing To Difficult - Nothing Impossible

If the road before gets rocky, you can trust God to get you through the rough patches.  His Presence goes with you, His Grace covers you and provides the strength and confidence needed to embrace His gift of another day---hour by hour, minute by minute---right down to the very second.   

 

If He can set the world into being, create complex beings like you and me, cause the sun to rise and set, and care for the creatures of land and sea,  He can fix our problems and take care of you and me.   

 

God can and will do the impossible.  Nothing absolutely nothing is too difficult for Him!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Priceless - I Went In To Get Groceries And Came Out With So Much More!

Each day we are gifted another day with multiple "present" moments comprising the day.  Some have schedules they follow, or certain times to be somewhere.  It could he picking up the kids at school, a work schedule, a meeting somewhere,  an obligation to keep, and the list could go on.  We live busy lives these days; but, in any given day we have moments in which we get so busy we can often overlook God at work, an opportunity to be a blessing, show God's love, a divine appointment (if you will), etc.

Yesterday while grocery shopping I was running 90 miles an hour to get in and out of the store quickly.  As I was traveling down the seemingly miles and miles of the frozen food section, I hear a lady's voice calling out to me---"Sir, Sir, Sir, Excuse me, Sir."   As I brought my shopping cart to a screeching halt, I turned and made eye contact with this frail little gray haired elderly lady with thick glasses in an electric wheelchair.  Well my mind went a thousand different directions as I couldn't imagine what she wanted.  "Yes ma'am" I said.  Her reply "Would you be so kind as to hand me a box of those ice cream sandwiches from the top shelf."  I said, "Of course.  I'd be more than happy too."  As I reached in the freezer, grabbed the box she wanted, turned around and handed it to her, she said "Thank you SO much!"  (with tears in her eyes---you'd have thought I'd given her a million dollars).  "Your very welcome mam.  You have a blessed afternoon!" I replied.  As I turned and pushed my cart away at a slowed pace, I felt the suddenly felt the very nearness of God in that "present" moment, and my mind went a thousand different directions. 

"How long had she been sitting there?  How did she get to the grocery store and back?  I wonder if she has a spouse,  friends or family to help her unpack her groceries at home?  I wonder why she is in a wheelchair?  She seems like a really nice lady, I wonder what her story is," and on and on.  Suddenly I became filled with a huge sense of gratitude, realizing how many things that came to mind for which I have to be grateful.  How in such a quick moment, slowing down and being attentive to one person and their needs, I was able to be a blessing, pay it forward and be so blessed in return, with such a small act of kindness.   

By no means am I "tooting my own horn;" just, simply sharing my experience.  We each have "present" moments in our day God has gifted us.  Are we maximizing them to the fullest or passing them by because of our fast paced lives and being caught up in our own little worlds?  Are we capitalizing on the moments we're given to show God's love, make someone's day a little better, and living in a constant state of gratitude for how blessed we really are, how much we have to grateful for, and how close God is to us at ALL times?

Whether it's handing a wheel chair bound elderly lady a box of ice cream bars from the top shelf of a freezer at the grocery store, opening the door for a mother and her children,  or picking up the phone and calling someone who's on our heart and giving them a word of encouragement---we all have "present" moments God gifts us each day.  They may not be on our schedule, yet they are on God's.   How blessed we could really be to just slow down a little, open our minds, eyes and hearts to pay it forward and make the most of each moment of everyday. 

May I do a better job living in a conscious awareness of those "present" moments, those "divine appointments," slow down, sow a seed of God's love and kindness, and never forget, regardless of what life challenges I may be facing, how much I have to be grateful for, how blessed I really am and how near God is all the time.

Today is a gift, that's why it's called the "present."  Pay it forward my friends.  Be blessed in being a blessing.  Slow down and show up for those "divine appointments" God adds to your calendar and find yourself blessed and a little closer to Him in the process. 

Thanks God!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Build Your Faith Looking Back and Remembering God's Faithfulness!

When we face uncertainty, chaos, the unknown, sickness and life's challenge hit, our Faith is put to the test and given a chance to work or grow weak.  When we don't know what the medical reports are going to reveal and we face our own mortality, with our heart feeling as if is  in our throat, are we going to give into fear---"is God going to come through for me?" Or, dig a little deeper and hold on to our Faith knowing God's with us and regardless of what a medical report reveals or what life brings our way, affirm our faith knowing God will be faithful to see us through? 


Your faith can weather the storms---all of them.  God's not gone anywhere.  When we look back, we see where He's been faithful before and today, we can be assured that He'll do it again!  Take heart my friends.  God will always see you through!  It may be in a different way than we imagined.  He may answer our prayers in ways we didn't dream possible.  He may work things out in our favor in a manner we couldn't have even penned on paper.   In any regard God is Good and He is Faithful.  He hasn't run out of resources, ways or means to meet your needs and "He who began the good work in you will be faithful to complete it! 

 

Monday, October 13, 2014

God Already Has An Answer Before We Even Know To Ask

As God's plan for our life unfolds, every step of Faith brings us closer to Him, His favor and the great things He has in store.  If fear knocks at the door, answer it with Faith.  God knows our needs and already has the answers before we even realize there's a need to ask. 

 

View what you have with gratitude and the right perspective as our possessions are gifts from God.  They are not our true source of joy; but, they are a reason to be thankful.  We can be content, regardless,  when we realize with God we have everything we need and every good and perfect gift comes from Him!

 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Let The Hope of God Surround You With His Unfailing Love

" We can have hope in life no matter what surrounds us, because we serve a mighty God who cares, knows us by name, understands the desires of our heart and who knew us before we were even formed in our mother’s womb. "

Friday, October 10, 2014

Free Of People Pleasing - Free To Be ALL God Wants You To Be

We're not really free to be all God wants us to be,  until we're free from trying to please everyone. For years I wore myself out living this way.  It was miserable and I'm so grateful that God set me free from it.  In treating our neighbor (others) as we'd like to be treated, yes, we should be respectful and kind, but, not living to "people please"---living to please God.

 

Who doesn't want to be liked?  We all do; however, not everyone is going to like us, no matter how hard we try to make them.  It's impossible to keep everyone happy, make everyone like us or win over every critic.  With God's help, we can break free from what everyone else thinks, live in true freedom and start rising to new heights in being all He created us to be.

 

When you're finally free from living your life to "people please," you'll break free from the associated undue anxiety, stress and worry.  And, to top it off, you'll find yourself blessed, at peace and free to become ALL God wants you to be---living the best life of greater purpose He has in store for you---regardless of people (places or things)!  Today, if you've been living in bondage to people, God can set you free.  You can be all He'd have you be---living life happy, joyous and free!

 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ASK

Things which are out of our control are not out of God's.  We may not be able to change a situation, but, we can pray, ask God, and He can change it.  He specializes in solutions to seemingly impossible situations---doing for us what we can't do for ourselves.  

If you have a situation in your life which you'd love to run "fix it" and make it "all better," but, you can't. God can---Ask Him!  Don't find yourself in a place where "you have not" because "you ask not."


 

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Better Than We Could Have Planned

Going forward a day at a time, we realize when we place ourselves in God's hands, things better than we could have planned.

Follow God and live in a new wonderful world, no matter what your circumstances. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Take It Easy

It helps to remember that we are never given more than we can handle, a day at a time.  


"God I depend on You for my very breath. Help me realize that the more I depend on You, the more I accept Your help, the more I can handle."

 

“And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.”

Monday, October 6, 2014

God Wants to Bestow His Kindness Upon You

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done, God loves you and wants to bestow His kindness upon you.  He's not mad at you.  He loves you.  Don’t let fear or condemnation hold you back.  Turn to Him. Experience His goodness. Trust His faithfulness. He’s promised that He’ll never leave you nor forsake you. Don’t wait another minute — He is ready and waiting for you to come and know His kindness today!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

God Specializes in The Impossible

When the pursuit of your dream or a situation in your life deteriorates from difficult to impossible, congratulations! You're in good company.  You've come to a place to be in absolute trust in God.  God specializes in impossible dreams and can turn the seemingly impossible into reality in ways you never thought possible.  Trust Him today and watch what He can do!  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

God Is With Us

God is with us through the power of His Spirit that works within.  He leads us during good times and is a strong arm---a source of strength and protection during difficult times.  We can count on Him to speak to us, teach us and help us---no matter what is going in in our lives! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Kindness Matters

 Simple acts of kindness go along way.  We don't always have to bless someone financially or with expensive gifts to be kind.  Showing God's love in the simplest acts of kindness toward others such as opening a door for an elder or a mom who has her hands full with 3 children, complimenting a cashier at a place of business or telling those we love that we love them---all  go along way and may be just what those we come in contact with need to brighten their day.

 

Today be kind to someone.  Plants good seeds and be a blessing by showing God's love to others and tithing even a small blessing to someone.  You'll reap God's rewards of doings so many times over.  


#beblessedinbeingablessing

Thursday, October 2, 2014

God's Favor --- Now!

 "God wants to amaze you with His goodness and overwhelm you with His love. Too often we think, 'Something great is coming in my future. I know God is going to be good to me.'  But, we also need to realize that God wants to be good to us today! Right now! He wants us to know that we are living in the time of His favor."  (J. O.)

 

Thanks JO.  Thanks God!

 

#Godsfavor

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Fresh Daily Supply

God has a fresh new supply of strength for us daily.  Take hold of His limitless supply of strength.  Find it perfect to meet your needs.  His strength working within you will lift you above the cares of life and help you walk with purpose into the great things He has in store!

 

#winningwithHim

#Hisstrengthisperfect

#purpose 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

God Works In Mysterious Yet Often Simple Ways

In the busyness of daily life and the technology age we live, simple thing be over complicated.  Are we looking for God in the simple details of our daily lives which often can be overlooked by complicating things and just focusing on the big "stuff"?  

 

When we gain an awareness that He is at work in our lives and with us 24/7---every hour, minute and second, we begin to see His favor in even the smallest ways.  Our faith builds as awareness grows.  We then have no doubt as God comes through on the big "stuff".

 

Maybe that front parking place you got today was a sprinkling of God's favor in your life.  Could it be?

 

#Keepitsimple

#Godwithus

#Godworksinmysteriousways

Monday, September 29, 2014

God Will Hear Your Prayers

"God will hear the prayers of anyone who calls on Him.  You don't have to clean yourself up, meet any pre-requisites, rules or regulations to reach Him.  If you haven't already, call on Him today and let Him begin to change your life, for the better---in ways you never imagined."

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Living the Gift of Peace & Forgiveness

There is no doubt about it—as long as we are in the world and around people, we will have opportunities to be offended. The temptation to become hurt, angry, or offended comes just as surely as any other temptation comes.  With God's help, we don't have to give in to the temptation to be hurt, angry, resentful, bitter and unforgiving. 

 

People who want to live powerful, peaceful Godly lives, learn the power of forgiveness.  When someone hurts your feelings or is rude and insensitive, we never know what battles they may be facing---we may simply be receiving the brunt of those frustrations.  With God's help we do not have to be offended or harbor resentment and unforgiveness.  It doesn't mean that we never stand up for ourselves or what's right; but, we can live with peace and the gift of forgiveness active in our lives, forgiving as God has forgiven us. 

 

Today, by God's grace and power within, may you find the strength to live at peace, with forgiveness, love, understanding and grace alive and well in your life, enjoying the benefits that come as a result.  In doing so may you find yourself more of who God would have you be and closer to Him each day with His peace that passes all understanding very present in your life.     

 

 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

- Blessed Are the Peace Makers---Overcome Darkness With Light, and Evil with Good. It Will Come Back to You Many Times Over -


"Instead of fighting darkness, light a candle or turn a light on.  Overcome evil by doing good.  Be a Peacemaker.  You will be blessed as it shall come back to you with multiplied abundance."

 

We all face frustrations, inconveniences, and life challenges from time to time.  How we react to these "bumps in the road"  determines our stress level, our peace, and can affect our health.  While there are things within our control, we all face things that are not.  God works in mysterious ways. You never know when He may use some inconvenience or frustration for your good.

 

With all the negativity that surrounds us, it is easy to become overwhelmed. "It is also tempting to fight against the negative or to declare war on it."  God is in control, and if you trust Him to work things out, you'll be able to ride the ups and downs of life with peace, joy, and strength. When these things crop up, "Do your best and let God do the rest."  Be a peacemaker.  Overcome evil with good.  You'll find that these things will come back to you many times over. 

 

Today, Refuse to live in frustration. Take life one day at a time, relax in God's presence and be re-assured, after all, "It is what is is and GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL."  

 

 

Friday, September 26, 2014

In God there is Power, Love, A Sound Mind and Faith Over Fear

"God has not given us the spirit of fear; but, power, love and a sound mind."

 

God is with us.  Each twist, turn and step of the way.  On the mountain tops of life and in the valleys, He is there.  He has not given us the spirit of fear, paralyzingly fear that produces a negative freezing  effect in fear of people places and things.  He guides us instead through the twist and turns of life,  directing us through our consciousness with Him and His still small voice inside, through decisions, directions, and away from the dangers that can lurk in the brightness of day, or darkness of night.  He is our shield, our protector and if we build our faith on a solid relationship with Him, our faith with overcome fear.

 

God gives us strength.  His power, the same miracle working, earth shaking,  power that has been evidenced for centuries, is the power that works within us, giving us strength to do and become all He would have us. 

 

He has given us His love and in turn by His example of great love and the love that works in us, the ability to love ourselves and others.  Even when we or others seem unlovable, He makes it possible to love, be kind and treat our "neighbors" as we'd like to be treated. 

 

He has also given us a sound mind.  If we seek Him as we are still and know that He is God, He renews our mind.  If we allow Him, He directs our thoughts to a higher plain, clear of wrong motives and filled with clarity, thoughts and knowledge to be all and do all He'd have us.

 

Today, find hope, joy, confidence, love and His power working within as you allow Him to cast out fear, bestow His power and love and renew your mind.  In doing so, enjoy the day, the life He'a gifted you with, the absolute assurance that He is with you and the joy and hope of knowing He has a great plan and purpose for your life, and some of your best days are yet to come!

 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GOD HAS NEW-GOOD THINGS IN STORE FOR YOU!

" Friend, when you go through things that you don't understand, it's not the end.  Nothing is lost in God's Kingdom---nothing is wasted in God's economy.  God is going to appoint another seed, and that seed represents the future.  It indicates what is coming.  If you will let go of what didn't work out, let go of the hurts and pains, then for everything you've lost, God will appoint another seed.  You'll give birth to more in the future than you've lost in the past. "

" Keep praying, keep believing, keep hoping because God is for you.  Trust Him and embrace the good things He has in store for today, a new day you've been gifted and for your future!  If your alive, breathing and reading this today, God's not through with you yet.  He still has great plans and purpose for your life. Receive it today and let God take you to places you never dreamed possible! "

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

HIS BEST OR OUR BEST THINKING?

"God I got 'this.'  You take care of the rest."  (...and God laughs)

 

As we grow in our relationship with God, we learn to trust Him more.  How many times have we ( have I), in a time of surrender, kept a corner of my life or an issue to myself that I wanted to control.  "God I give you all; but I've got this 'it' under control.  You  take care of the rest."  We often think we know best, or we want something to work a certain way and we're afraid that if we leave it in God's hands it won't work out the way we desire.

 

Later, after pain, hitting our heads against the wall, and enduring some suffering or exhausting ourselves trying to manipulate and control "it", we finally surrender "it" to God and later realize His way was best after all.  There is no problem or issue we face to big for God or that we can handle better than Him.  He may answer our prayers in a different manner; but, more often than not, we find the outcomes He provides to be so much better, realizing we would have sold ourselves short if we had gotten what we thought was best in lieu of what He provided!

 

Today, trust God and His outcomes and provisions to be for your best.   Know that He always has our best interest at heart.  In doing so may you realize His best is often better than what we think is best and let Him take you to places of greater blessings, victory, provision and purpose in your life.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gossip and God

"With God's help, guidance and living by spiritual principals in all our affairs, we try not to judge, stereotype, or moralize each other."

 

Let's face it, we often at times, live in a glass house of sorts.  We may be unhappy when others gossip about us; but, if we withdraw from others and isolate ourselves to avoid gossip, we also rob ourselves of the love, friendship and unparalleled experience that others have to offer.  A better way to deal with gossip is to simply accept the way things are and the way we are, and live our lives according to spiritual principals and the way we feel God would have us.  The more secure we become in God, ourselves, the decisions we make and the guidance we receive from a loving God, the less the opinions of others will concern us. 

 

Remain committed to God--- your  will and life surrendered to Him---living under His Grace.  With His help, don't  let the opinions of others affect your relationship with Him and living your life with the greater purpose He has in store.  After all, even though we desire  good reputations, "it's not our place to worry about what others think of us,"  and  "others opinions of us are none of our business," as I have read and been told by many Godly wise spiritual mentors, full of faith (not coming from a spirit of pride or arrogance).  God knows our hearts, the truth and things done when no one else is looking.  God and I are good and that's most important.  "See to it that your relationship with Him is right and good things will come to pass for you and countless others…"


Monday, September 22, 2014

Enjoy Life As You Grow In God Each Day - Progress Not Perfection

"I'm not all I want to be; but, thank God I'm not who I used to be.  I'm OK. I'm on my way and growing in God each day!"


Being perfect sounds good; but, it isn't reality.  Reality is that we are a human being, and no matter how hard we try to be perfect, we still make mistakes.  Our heart can be perfect, in the right place per say, and our motives pure; but our performance will never be perfect in everything and every situation as long as we're on earth.  


We're perfect to God and in the process of changing every day as He shapes and molds us into who He'd have us be.  It's a growing process.  We're under construction and progress is being made daily---it takes time.


Struggling for perfection to gain acceptance and approval from God or others only brings frustration and a never-ending struggle, not to mention the undue pressure it adds to daily life.  It isn't nexessary because God accepts us just as we are.  He will never pressure us to perform or demand something of us that we don't know how to give, or that He hasn't equipped us to do.  Do your best, let God do the rest, and enjoy life while you're maturing and making progress in Him each day---becoming more and more of who He's shaping you to be! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Gratitude

A Little Gratitude Goes A Long Way

 

In the midst of life happening and the "yuk" we often deal with, sometimes it easy to get bogged down and we overlook the many things we have to be grateful for. 

 

It's been proven medically and spiritually experienced that when we begin to look at all we have to be grateful for, we feel better, our outlook on life improves and we find ourselves closer to God's presence.

 

Today, take a minute to stop, count your blessings and look at the many things you have to be grateful for and in doing so, find yourself renewed, refreshed and a closer to God and His presence in the process.

 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

TRY TO SEE THINGS FROM GOD'S PERSPECTIVE


"Try to see things more and more from My (God's) perspective. Let the Light of My Presence so fully fill your mind that you view the world through Me. When little things don’t go as you had hoped, look to Me lightheartedly and say, 'Oh, well, God has something better in store.'  This simple discipline can protect you from being burdened with an accumulation of petty cares and frustrations."


"If you practice this diligently, you will make a life-changing discovery.  You will realize that most of the things that worry you are not important. If you shrug them off immediately and return your focus to Me, you will walk through your days with lighter steps and a joyful heart."


"When serious problems come your way, you will have more reserves for dealing with them. You will not have squandered hours and your energy on petty problems. You may even reach the point where you can agree that all your troubles are light and momentary, compared with the eternal glory being achieved by them."


"A man’s steps are directed by God" - with - "plans for good, not evil, to give you a future and a hope." - with - "all things working to the good for those who Love Him…"

Friday, September 19, 2014

Choose Faith Over Fear/Worry

Did you know that fear, stress, worry and anxiety have been medically proven to have similar debilitating effects on the body as high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, and many more?  They can reduce the number of years you live life as well.

 

God's power within you is greater than the power of fear and worry.  Leave your worries and cares in God's capable hands.  Trust Him to take care of everything that concerns you and in return let Him give you His peace that passes all understanding.  Faith opens the door for God to work in our lives.  Choose Faith today and  overcome fear and worry and live in the freedom and victory God has in store for you!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

REAL LIFE - ↓ ↑- REAL LOVE - REAL PEACE - REAL GOD !

" WE'RE ALL HUMAN.  WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES.  WE ALL NEED LOVE, FORGIVENESS, GRACE AND COMPASSION.  WE'RE ALL GOD'S CHILDREN LIVING UNDER HIS GRACE. "

 

We've all been there.  Misunderstandings, gossip, judgement (without knowing all the facts), etc., can create walls, distance, unforgiveness and  hurt/hard feelings between our families, friends and loved ones.  We wish it wasn't this way; but, I don't know of any family or anyone who hasn't been impacted by or gone through something similar in their life.  We are all human.  We all make mistakes.  Most of us desire peace within ourselves, our families, our friends and our loved ones.  We all need love.  We all fall short at one time or another and this is what makes God's grace so beautiful and important in our lives.

 

It's sad to say, but it's true,  many faith filled believers professing a relationship with God are often the ones who judge, condemn and live with unforgiveness in our hearts toward others. Often it's the ones closest, who persecute us the worst.   God has taught us in so many ways the we should be "quick to forgive and slow to anger."  Even the Lord's Prayer,  which many of us pray frequently,  has a verse that says "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who tresspass against us."  We are all familiar with "The Golden Rule" of loving our neighbor as ourself.  Most of us have heard or read the verse "forgive so that you may be forgiven."

 

So why does there have to be separation, discord, judgement and unforgiveness among us?  There doesn't.  It's a choice.  There is freedom in forgiveness. Today, if you are walking through an experience like this, don't lose hope, don't give up on God or your faith.  Turn it over to God and let Him vindicate and bring peace to the situation.  We all live under God's grace.  We all know if our relationship with Him is right and while walking through these kinds of tough times can be hard.  At the end of the day, God knows every detail, sees every tear that's cried, hears every word spoken and sees our heart. Maintaining our relationship with Him is most important--- He  is  our strong arm.  So keep the faith, turn it over to God, step back and let Him be the vindicator.  Don't let anything or anyone steal your joy, peace or serenity. "You can please some of the people some of the time; but, you can't please all of the people all of the time.  In due time God will intervene, this too shall pass, and in the mean time pray and show God's love for those who persecute and remember God is with us each step of the way.  He's promised to see us through and never leave or forsake us and if we'll simply trust Him, He WILL see us through to victory, peace and honor and take us to the greater places of blessing and favor He has planned for our good life ---" a future and a hope" ---  in Him.

 

MAY WE ALL, WITH GOD'S HELP, FIND PEACE, LOVE, COMPASSION,  FORGIVENESS,  HOPE, AND UNDERSTANDING FOR OUR FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

• FREEDOM - GOD IS EVERYTHING OR NOTHING AT ALL •

" When, with God's help, we calmly accepted our lot, then we found we could live at peace with God, others and self.  We showed  others who had the same fears, that they could get over them too, often not just by words alone, but with God's help, simply walking through  a situation involving fear that was highly visible to them and others.   We found that freedom from fear was advantageous, than freedom from want, lack or need. "

 

" Material values had ruled our lives.  We believed that all of our possessions and wealth would make us happy, yet we still felt bankrupt after obtaining them---as soon as the new wore off and the void, that God sized hole was still there."

 

"When we came into a new found relationship with God, as we'd never experienced before, we found a new way of living life.  As a result, we learned to trust others.  We began to believe in God more than self. Having faith freed us from fear and the bondage of self."

 

"As material gains were replaced by the gifts of God's spirit, and we began to live in an awareness of and practice spiritual principals in all our affairs, our lives became manageable. God filled the void in our lives.  We started growing to be who He'd have us be more each day.  We shared our experiences with others, when the opportunity came.   We truly realized that 'Faith without works is dead,' and 'God is either everything or nothing at all---He either is or isn't!' "

 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GODLY ACTIONS → GODLY RESULTS → GOD'S BEST

" Do you desire God's best for your life?  Do you desire to find and walk in the greater purpose He has for you and receive His benefits that come in doing so?  Looking at ourselves closely and honestly, admitting our mistakes, making right any wrongs, and following God's lead involves courage and action.  ' FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD. '  He gives us courage to change the things we can. He gives us the ability to accept what we can't change and leave it in His capable hands.  He gives us the wisdom to know the difference.  He also gives us the confidence to get involved where He leads us---new activities, to be more assertive, to make new friends, to go back to school, to change jobs,to walk through new doors He opens,  etc.---to follow His lead, His best for our lives. "

 

" We have strength and energy to do new things, Godly things---the next right things!   It's not always easy; but, it's possible.  A day at a time, moment by moment, we are led into Godly directed action, if we stay close to Him, seek and follow His lead and do His work to the best of our ability.  Not to move according to the direction of God is to fall backward and stagnate.   It leads us away from His best---the greater purpose He has for our lives and the benefits that come with it. "

 

" Each positive Godly directed action we take strengthens us spiritually, strengthens and enhances our  relationship with Him and others and strengthens our overall walk with God. When we accept the things we cannot change, draw the courage to change the things we can and follow His given wisdom to know the difference, we can do our part, leave the rest with Him and walk daily with Godly peace and serenity in our lives.  Our load will be lightened, our thoughts will be on a higher plain, faith will replace worry and fear and we'll walk with some spring in our step. Do your best and let God take care of the rest. "

 

" Today God, direct our thoughts, words, actions and deeds, and take us into the best life you have in store for  us as we do our best to follow your lead.  Thanks God! "

 

#itiswell

 

Monday, September 15, 2014

TRUST THAT GOOD WILL COME!

Sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly, and sometimes in ways we’d least expect.  Even if you can’t imagine what’s coming next, relax. The good is still there.  It doesn't take long to look around and find much to be grateful for.

Thank God, the future is never limited by what we can see right now.  If times are tough or you are walking through difficulties, it won't always be like this---this to soon shall pass .  God's spirit and presence is in us and with us, giving us strength to make it through and shaping new ideas and beliefs. 

Before we start speaking the language of letting go, we need to understand what a powerful behavior letting go and letting God really is. 

"God, help me do my part. Then help me let go, and let You  do Yours."

Sunday, September 14, 2014

LET GO OF DOUBT

There are two major things that can cause self-doubt in our lives:

 

  1. Comparing our abilities to others.

 

When we compare our abilities to others, we can begin to doubt our  abilities. Instead of looking to God, we start looking at everybody else. We think other people have more talent, more abilities, more education, or more experience. The moment we start comparing ourselves to them, we begin to be filled with self-doubt.  God doesn't want you comparing yourself to anybody else. He created you to be unique. He wants you to be you and fulfill the greater purpose He has in store for you.

 

  1. Remembering our past failures.

 

Remembering our  past failures is like putting a movie in our mind of all our mistakes and playing it over and over. It can torture you and cause you to doubt your abilities. God does not want you focusing on your past. If you stay focused on your past mistakes, you can't get on with your present and God can't use you in the future. God says forget the past.

 

Don't let your past doubts or your past guilt, keep you from being all God wants you to be and used by Him. God essentially says, " I don't care what your past is. I have great plans and great purpose for your life---'a future and a hope.'  I want to use you! "  Today, let go of doubt and let God use you, bless you and take you to places in life you never imagined! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

God Can Use Your Messy Life For Good!

One of God’s great promises is: “We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God."

 

What does this promise to us?

 

"We know...”  We're not guessing, hoping, or wishing, we know for certain.

 

“We know that God causes ...” Your life is not an accident. There is a grand design behind everything.

 

“We know that God causes everything ...”  If we stopped there, that would make God the author of evil, and He's not.

 

"We know that God causes all things to work together for the good ...” This does not say all things are good. They’re not! There’s evil in the world.

 

• Can God really bring good out of bad? Yes He can. He specializes in bringing good out of bad.

 

This promise is not for everybody ( “… of those who love God…" ).   It's for those who love Him and are willing to give Him the pieces of a broken life and let Him put them back together---as only He can!

 

• Don't Play God---Be You---Let God Be God---Let Him Do His Job. •

"Come to Me and rest. Give your mind a break from its habitual judging. You form judgments about this situation, that situation, this person, that person, yourself, even the weather—as if judging were your main function in life. But I created you first and foremost to know Me and to live in rich communication with Me. When you become preoccupied with passing judgment, you are in essence trying to play My role---yes, playing God.  Judge not, lest your be judged."

 

"Relate to Me as creature to Creator, child to Father, sheep to Shepherd, subject to King, clay to Potter. Allow Me to have My way in your life and take you into the greater places of purpose I have in store---receiving my guidance, wisdom, blessings, favor and victory." 

 

"Rather than evaluating My ways with you, accept them thankfully and trust Me for My thoughts are higher than yours and so are My ways.  The intimacy I offer you is not an invitation to act as if you were My equal. Worship Me as Lord of Your Life, your Creator, all powerful God over all things.  Walk hand in hand with Me down the path of Life I have in store for you which includes My plans for your good---to give you a future and a hope."

 

Friday, September 12, 2014

^ RISE ABOVE ^

 " Godly Thinking = Godly Words + Actions + Deeds + Living With Greater Godly Purpose "

 

With the Godly purpose you have for your life, you were meant to rise high and stand with God above the cares of this life. In order to ascend, we allow God to help us have "clean hands and a pure heart."  This doesn't mean we have to clean ourselves up before we can come into a relationship with Him.  It simply means we follow His lead each day, starting with our thinking,  to be more of who He'd have us be. 

 

When we come into a relationship with God, "He makes us clean and new."  As we grow each day in our relationship with Him, His infused strength helps us stand against the enemy, the challenges life brings our way and his attempts to bring us down. It begins in our thought life---"the battlefield of the mind."  Most of is have hear the term "Garbage In=Garbage Out."  So it is with our thoughts.  We guard our thoughts by guarding what we allow to influence our thoughts. We allow God to renew our minds and direct our thinking, placing our thoughts "on a higher plain," because what we allow into our minds affects our hearts---thoughts, words, actions and deeds.

 

If we are going to rise high above the cares of day to day life, Godly directed thoughts  lead to a higher way of living---a better life---the good life God intends for us. Choose  today to allow God to direct your thoughts so you can ascend in your life and live the life of greater purpose God has for you---receiving His blessings, victory, peace, serenity and favor while walking in the good life of greater purpose He has in store for you.

 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

LET GOD MAKE ALL THINGS NEW

"…I, God, make all things new."

Oftentimes, people set out to accomplish their dreams, but they face a setback or disappointment, and then they feel like their time has passed. But know today that no matter where you’ve come from, no matter what’s happened in your past, God wants to make you new. He wants to give you a “do over,” a fresh start.

When God puts a dream in your heart, when He puts a promise on the inside, He deposits within you everything you need to accomplish that dream. He wouldn’t give you the desire to do something without giving you the ability to fulfill it. In fact, the scripture tells us that God gives us the desires of our heart. In other words, He puts the desire inside of us and then works with us to bring it to pass.

If you feel like you’ve missed opportunities in your life, if you feel like your time has passed, remember that today is a new day. You are a new person, and God has new opportunities in store for you. If one dream has died, it’s time to dream a new dream. He makes all things new in your life today!

(Borrowed)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Human Nature. Default Mode or God Mode?

Human nature, I've also heard it called "default mode", can often cause us to fear when it feels like our backs are against the wall, life's overwhelming us with daily challenges, we don't have the answers, and it seems God isn't answering quick enough.  In this age of fast food, smart phones, the Internet, which puts us in touch with information and technology around the world, direct deposit, online bill pay, and access to immediate quick solutions and delivery of services at our fingertips, we are spoiled.  We want what we want, when we want it and we want it right now! 

 

That's not how God works.  He's the same yesterday, today and forever.  Waiting on Him to answer takes faith and patience and with the quick, instant seeming solutions made available to our society, it's easy to  get into that mode and also expect God to deliver, answer, provide solutions and outcomes immediately.  Sometimes He does, but other times He provides the answers we seek, the provision we need, and opens new doors in His time not ours.  He's not like an ATM.  He is God.  He has a great plan for each of our lives.  Nothing that happens in our lives surprises Him, even when we fall short, slip up, make a mistake, or take a wrong turn---or when life throws us a curve ball and hits us blind sided.

 

On the other side of ever painful situation there is growth.  God is faithful.  We can rest assured He has our best interest at heart.  He's got our backs.  He will always come through in some way.  Fear can be one of the biggest enemies in our lives, if we allow it to be. Today, if your running up against the midnight hour for a need, a prayer to be answered, direction in your life, etc., don't slip into "default mode" and fear God's not going to answer or come through for you.  He hears every prayer you pray and sees every need in your life.  God will be faithful to come through for you.  Keep the faith, trust God, stand firm, and watch what God can do---"exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ask or think."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

He said... She said...

Have you ever been affected by something that was said about you, a misunderstanding, character assassination, the receipt of being treated differently because of something someone said---gossip.  Immediately,  by those whose ears it falls on, it's  believed to be true without anyone coming to you and asking for the truth.  Most of us have experienced something similar in our lives.  Gossip often spreads like wildfire and by the time it gets around, it couldn't be farther from the truth.  It can damage family and friendly relationships, it can cause distance from those you love, it can cause undue hurt and pain.

 

In the Lord's Prayer one of the excerpts is "forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us."  We are all human, we all make mistakes.  Things from the past can crop up even after our lives are cleaned up and we are walking with God, and cause misunderstandings, even when we've worked diligently to clean up the wreckage of our past.  As God's children aren't we supposed to believe the best in everyone?  Aren't we to forgive as we've been forgiven?  Things are not always as they appear.  For some reason human nature often takes over and the worst case scenario is believed rather than getting to the truth of the situation with those we love and care about.  Everything that we may hear in the course of the day about others is not true.

 

One of the biggest mistakes in life is placing unrealistic expectations on others.    Everyone is human.  We all make mistakes.  Does that mean we are bad people?  No.  In our relationship with God, thankfully  we live under the covering of His grace.  If God forgives and covers us with His grace shouldn't we bestow that on others?  Today, believe the best in others.  Look for the good in them. Seek the truth.  Show God's love and kindness to others and those you meet.  You never know what battles they may be facing.  Live in the spirit of forgiveness so that you may have complete freedom in your life.  Treat others the way you would like to be treated.  "Now abideth Faith, Hope and Love; but the greatest of these is Love!"

 

HIS STRENGTH IS PERFECT!

In God's strength you conquer life. Your conquering power is the grace of God. There can be no complete failure with God. Do you want to make the best of life? Then live as near as possible to God, the Master and Giver of all life. Your reward for depending on God's strength will be sure.

 

"His strength is perfect when our strength is gone.  He'll carry us when we can't carry on."  Sometimes the reward will be renewed power to face life, sometimes wrong thinking overcome, sometimes people brought to a new way of living. Whatever success comes will not be all your own doing, but largely the working out of the grace of God.

 

Today rely full on God's strength and grace and in doing so live the victorious life He desires for you to live. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

He Makes All Things Beautiful In His Time - My Story Through Another's Eyes

As I read and re-read this story this morning, I felt I was reading my own.   Have you ever had this happen?  Maybe you can relate.  I have much to be grateful for today.  Is everything in life perfect?  No.  I do know that God is at work.  He works each day to perfect us (me) a little more and "He makes all things beautiful in His time!"

 

"My 'ultimate sin' dragged me down to the lowest level I have ever reached and, unable even to function, I accepted the fact that I desperately needed help. I stopped fighting and surrendered entirely to God by uttering two simple words "God Help".

 

"Only then did I start growing!  God by His grace forgave me and helped me.  He had to have saved my life because many of the doctors doubted I would survive and even told me so.  Thank God for a new day, a fresh start, and a relationship like I've never had with Him before.  I have forgiven myself now  and I enjoy a freedom I've never experienced before.  I've opened my heart and mind to Him.  I learn little more each day as I remain teachable.  The less I realize I know and am in control of things, the more humility it brings."

 

"I enjoy God's peace and serenity, but only when I entrust my life totally to Him do I maintain it.  As long as I am honest with myself and ask for His help, I can maintain this rewarding existence, have a life worth living, and continue to experience His journey to the greater things He had in store for my life.  Today I will continue to strive to live His will for me and in doing so reap all the blessings and benefits He has for me."  (Anonymous)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

If God Says "No", He Simply Has Something Better In Store

Ever felt you had a prayer that wasn't being answered?  Ever had a prayer answered but in a completely different manner than you expected ultimately seeing God answer in ways you never imagined or thought possible?  We may be asking for something we truly believe is right, but God knows that granting such a request would be the worst thing He could ever give us.

 

We have the ability, in all innocence, to ask for something that is potentially dangerous or bad for us without even realizing it. In that case, we need to be glad God does not give it to us! In such cases, little do we know that God’s saying “yes” to that request would not be for our best. We have to trust Him enough to say, “God, I have the confidence to ask You for anything. But I don’t want anything that is not Your will for me. And I trust You, God. If I don’t get it, I will know that the timing is not right or that You have something better for me.  Don’t ever let yourself get a bad attitude because God does not give you everything you want.

 

God wants us to be blessed.  He desires for us to live happy, joyous and free, lacking nothing.  He wants us to have not only what we want, but what is best.  If we truly trust God, we must trust Him when he says "no" to our request as much as we do when He says "yes".  In the end we can rest assured that He hears and answers and a simple "no", a closing of one door and and opening of another, a prayer answered in a different manner simply means He has something far better in store!

 

Today, trust God to answer your prayers and provide what's best for you! 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

TRUSTING OR WORRYING

What do you let your mind do when you have problems? Do you try to figure things out instead of leaving them in God's capable hands? 

 

If you operate in the mind of God's Spirit, allowing Him to renew your mind and direct your thinking each day, you can have the Peace of God which passes all understanding and joy---right in the middle of trials and tribulations.  When you have these types of peace and joy within, you are happy without any particular reason to be.  You are happy because you know God is able to direct and make your paths straight and provide for your needs in an 'exceedingly and abundantly above all you could ask or think' way. 

 

You don't have to worry about tomorrow or yesterday.  You do not have to have all the answers or know how to do everything. All you need to do is know the One who knows.  Trying to figure everything out will wear you out; but, if you trust  God for the answers, you can enter into His rest!

 

"Lean on, trust in and be confident in The Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.  In all your ways, know, recognize and acknowledge Him and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths."


 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Draw Near To God & He Will Draw Near To You

I've read that " we are as close to God at any moment as we choose to be." Choose.  Hmmm.  What about the times when we don't "feel" God near.  Does that mean that He's not there?    Has he moved away?  Not in the least bit.  As we all know we can't always go by how we feel.  If we take a moment and look at our lives, our situations, circumstances, etc., is there something blocking us from the Sonlight of His Spirit?  Could it be that He hasn't answered a prayer on our own timeline, or exactly as we think He should and therefore we think He's not there or He's mad at us?  If we flip the situation around, could it be that we are mad at God because He hasn't already answered or provided to our liking?

 

One thing I've learned over the years is that I can't always go by how I feel.  Secondly, God has his own way of answering when we call on Him.  It may be exactly what we pray for or He may provide in ways we never dreamed; but, one thing is for certain, He hears and answers our prayers. He will provide and answer for what's best in our lives.

 

Gods has a plan.  He sees each and every heartache, pain, tear, need and also every joy and reason for celebration.  God wants what's best for each of us and yes, He will provide, He will answer and He is near.

 

Today, if your feeling distant from God, don't be discouraged.  God's not gone anywhere.  Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.  Make you petitions, your  needs, the desires of your heart know to Him, boldly.  He wants you to.  You too will find that He always answers.  It may not be exactly how we think He should.  It may not be when we think He should and He may say no and lead us in a completely different direction.  At any rate, He may not be early; but, you can rest assured He'll never be late.  Cast your cares on Him today.  He cares for you and He will always provide what's BEST for your life, and in doing so, take you to places of greater purpose, victory, favor  and blessings in your life! 

 

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