I am thankful to the Lord for salvation that is so freely given because of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Do you know how comforting it is to know beyond the shadow of doubt that you will spend eternity in Heaven? You can know this right now if you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ! ▪️
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
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It's ok to disagree.
We are different.
We see things differently!
Even when we are looking at the same picture, we see different images because of our colored perspective
We can disagree but we must not hurt each other
Last night my teeth took a deep bite into my lip. It was painful. But my teeth and my lips are still working together in harmony.
My teeth made a mistake. It was not intentional.
My lip was deeply hurt but she knew it was an accident and she would heal. .
Sometimes we will disagree.
Sometimes, we will hurt each other.
But love commands us to get along!!
Love commands us to forgive and forbear.
Love commands us not to let strife take root in our hearts because of our disagreements.
Love commands us to keep loving, to love sincerely and to cover a multitude of sins .
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It breaks my heart when you have so much GREATNESS in you that's lost in the cares of this world. You keep getting distracted. You keep making excuses. You keep thinking that God has forgotten you. No. No. No. Let's work together to help you discover your greatness once again, decide on your mist important assignments and draw up a realistic plan to achieve them. If you are ready then message me to arrange a chat to see if I can help you. No more excuses! It doesn't have to be a big goal. I specialise in making the ordinary extraordinary and the mundane meaningful. Message me today and get a head start for the new year. #askcoachcharm#greatnessinyou#fulfillingpurpose#purpose#purposedrivenlife#womenempoweringwomen#womenofpurpose#womenoftheword#womenoffaith#christianliving
Well, I don't even know where to begin because this is particularly worrisome. The amount of strange things that happen among Christians today just leaves one wondering how we reached this level. Somehow these days deep spirituality is equated with the loss of common sense. Lazy people will mask everything with faith and criminals keep blessing people's hard earned monies out of their purses and into their(criminal's) bank accounts just by quoting a few scriptures here and there. The place of due diligence is out of the church. "...Keep watch and pray.." (Matthew 26:40-41)is a very vast and instructional guide. Who are you? Are you the sort of person who's sleeping when you should be vigilant? Are you waiting for Jesus to have to talk sense into you before your mind is activated? We need to be careful. No wonder people out there don't want to have anything to do with people who say they are spiritual because it is gradually becoming synonymous with intellectual laziness and just plain dull mindedness.
You are my God, You are my light
Shine on me bright so I can see Your way
Teach me oh God, to rest myself in You
Lead me on, 'till I find my way home to You 🎶 - ( Here I am by True Worshippers Youth ) #thesongthatkeptplayinginmyhead
"Time goes by and I can't control my mind. Don't know what else to try, but you tell me every time, just keep breathin'."
Anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental illnesses and occur about twice as often in females than they do in males. Being a Christian with anxiety made me very confused as a teenager - Philippians 4:6 says "Don't be anxious for anything" but the most seemingly insignificant things would make my heart beat out of my chest, my hands shake, my mind race, and I couldn't breathe. I went through therapy and took antidepressants to learn to manage my anxiety. The lock screen on my phone is 2nd Corinthians 10:5 which reminds me to take captive every thought. Even when I feel like my mind is spinning, I try to recognize when the enemy is playing games with me. I pray for peace over myself every single day because my God is the Lord of peace.
Here are some more Bible verses about anxiety:
"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way." (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." (Psalm 56:3)
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27)
CHRISTMAS DEVOTIONAL:. DO NOT BE AFRAID.
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:8-10 (NIV)
Have you ever noticed God is always telling us to not be afraid? For instance, in the Bible, whenever an angel shows up with a message from God, the first thing the angel says is: “Do not be afraid.” There are all kinds of reasons we might be afraid to receive a message from God: We’re afraid of change, afraid of losing control, afraid of sacrifice.
We’re afraid of living apart from the pretense that we must be good enough.
Yet, the good news of great joy is that you don’t have to be good enough because God is good enough on your behalf!
The Bible teaches us to fight fear with faith—faith that Jesus will cover all our sins and shortcomings.
Practical Nativity: Replace fear with faith. God’s perfect love drives out all fear (1 John4:18). As you abandon your fears, ask God to guide you toward great faith: “I believe, Lord; help my unbelief.” Chase God, not perfection. You will never reach perfection, but Jesus, through his death and resurrection, is your perfection. God doesn’t love you because you’re the best in your class or because you try really hard. God loves you because he loves you. Slow down, shake off your anxiety, and meditate on that.
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Devotional: GOD INTENDS IT FOR GOOD.
“But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” Genesis 50:19-21
Have you ever waited for a promise of God to be fulfilled? When I began following Jesus through Scripture and growing, I became convinced the Lord was calling me to a significant leadership position. But it took years to come to pass.
Joseph had a similar experience. As Jacob’s favored son, he grew up experiencing dreams of greatness and superiority over his siblings, which he loved to remind them about. His brothers hated him for it and sold him into slavery in Egypt.
Joseph’s leadership ability developed. His owner appointed Joseph over his household but after being wrongly accused, Joseph ended up in prison. In prison, authorities appointed Joseph as a leader. When he thought there was a real chance of release — he remained in prison indefinitely.
He was finally released from prison and miraculously appointed as second in command over an entire empire. His chance for revenge arrived. Now in charge of an empire, Joseph’s father was dead and he could treat his brothers however he desired.
Today’s passage testifies of God’s transformation. Joseph assured his brothers they had nothing to fear. He did not abuse his power but deferred to God as his leader and their leader. He admitted that they meant to harm him, but he now perceived the circumstances as being used by God to accomplish good — for him and others.
Amidst this supreme test of his character — Joseph did not retaliate but spoke kindly with reassurance to brothers he now loved.
Lord, thank You for Your call on each of our lives and the transformation You are bringing about while we await the fulfillment of Your plans and purposes. Help us be teachable and learn from the experiences and circumstances we are called to endure. May our character and love develop at the pace of our leadership ability. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
By Donna Mitchell
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Rooney and I stopped by HomeGoods a few days ago to get some Christmas placemats for our kitchen table. It took all but five seconds before she abandoned our hunt and went meandering down the toy aisles that were overflowing with ‘stuff’. She walked with purpose up and down each section, pointing out toys and games and figurines and dolls and cribs for the dolls and strollers for the dolls that were all going on her Christmas list.
In our house, we haven’t really decided on the Santa thing in general. She asked me about it last year and I told her the truth.
“The people who love you have purchased these gifts for you. Now, let’s write our thank you notes.”
We don’t really have a clear-cut approach to this whole Santa business, but we definitely have not discussed writing out an entire list of things we want for ourselves. Moms, even though we battle cultural norms DAILY -- like selfishness over service-- can we still be intentional about flipping the focus this Christmas? You bet we can.
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The best way to gain influence isn't by having more to say. It's by listening to what other people have to say. Only when someone knows that you care and really understand are you truly able to speak truth over them.
"I hoped faith would be an epidural for pain. Turns out to be a midwife who says 'Push. I’m here. Sometimes it hurts.'" - @brenebrown
I talked a bit about this today with a friend. About when I was raw in my grief, when I was walking around with my skin peeled off. Everything sticks to your raw flesh, every little thing hurts. And I couldn't feel God. I felt so abandoned, so desperately, hopelessly alone.
I remember even forcing myself out of bed, to listen to worship music, to read my Bible, to journal and pray. Desperate. I was angry, "I'm showing up, here, God! And where are you?!"
I realize now I was looking for Him to take my pain away. To make it better. But grieving my earthly father was a process I needed to go through. The pain could not be taken away, but I believe now God was there with me, even though I couldn't tell at the time. He was sitting with me in it.
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In the face of trails, fears, unanswered prayers, struggles, or burdens of all kind, it is really easy to feel small. In the face of spiritual vipers, our hearts can feel as little and insignificant as a worm.
Perhaps you are on the cusp of something new... Perhaps you are in a season of expectation and hope... Know the foothold that can be created by our enemy is one aimed at destroying our sense of strength and grandeur in Christ. If he can get us feeling isolated and tiny, he can began to weaken our engagement and interaction with God’s Word.
And how quickly this can set in. Months can pass and what we deem as waiting is really fearful timidity.
But into the heart of Israel, God speaks tenderness. He longs to let His children know of how immutable His promise and counsel is. He desires for us to grab a hold of His presence in and around us and His calling for us.
Do you feel weak? He longs to be your strength. Do you feel without friends and community? He desires to help you in your time of need. Are you ready to sink and fall? He will uphold you in His righteousness.
Advent, Day 12 // Prayer from Psalm 145
“I will extol you, my God and King.
For You are good forever and ever,
Despite what my emotions speak,
Regardless of what my anxieties communicate,
Or what my current situation dictates.
You are good to all.
Today, I focus on the work of Your hands.
For You are compassionately at work.
Into my fear, You are tenderly speaking.
Make known to me Your mighty deeds,
And break down the foothold of the enemy.
Create in me a heart of boldness and courage.
For Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom.
Your splendor and dominion endures.
Though small, You are big.
Though tossed around with decisions,
You are the source of wisdom and direction.
Mold me and make me fit for Your work today.
Thank You for Your grace. Amen.”
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Happy Feast of St. Lucia! Now I couldn’t not celebrate today JUST because I didn’t have anything ready. We have our very own Lucia, so we had to! I was able to randomly pull things together, BUT let me tell you...even though the crown is made and the bread is baked...it was a rough go! There was crying and time-outs and even an injury in the making. Sometimes I think I’m just not cut out for this kind of thing! In honor of “the light” today, I had to admit that because I think it’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing all the amazing celebrations out there and somehow thinking your less-than for not doing what others are doing. We rarely hearing about the process, and sometimes things are messy and hardly fun! But...it’s funny...after all is said and done, I suuuuper enjoyed celebrating the day! It was really cute to see Lucy all dressed up (and she kept dropping the bread which was hilarious), and I was kind of impressed that I was able to pull some sort of bread thing together even though I hadn’t planned it! (Remember me? The non-baker!! (Thanks puff pastry and jam!!!)) All this to say: just do what you can, and don’t beat yourself up for what you don’t do, or for what’s messy along the way! Happy St. Lucy’s day!!! St. Lucia, pray for us! ❤️