2013 in review ! Thanks For Making This A Great Blog Year!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Cling to Hope

I wanted to share this post from Mustard Seed Budget’s blog. Hope is such an important thing to keep and not let go of. No matter what you’re going through keep having hope. Hope that things will get better and hope for tomorrow and a bright future. Things have a way of working out. You need to hold on to hope and claim all of Gods promises to us, His children.

Mustard Seed Budget

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Are You Being Shaken?

743804_38310135Has the bottom of your world fallen out? Are you wondering what may happen next?  When your world turns upside down, it can be a frightening thing. It may feel like you’re the only one with such unfortunate circumstances, but all of us are subject to problems at least at some point in our lives. It’s hard to find anything positive in a troubling situation, especially while you’re in the midst of it.  Anger or bitterness may fill your heart. Anger at the situation you find yourself in or anger at God for allowing it or anger about everything. It’s easy to be shaken to the core of your being when illness, death of a loved one or even loss of financial resources, fall upon you like a dark cloud. But, there’s always hope. Hope that is based on God and the belief that something good will come of your hardship. Having trust and faith in God’s loving kindness and believing that He will use your situation to produce good in your life, will bring back the joy you may have lost. Then you are in a position to be fruitful for God’s kingdom more than ever before. The very thing that you thought to be insurmountable may be your launching pad to enable you to reach a new level of trust, faith, service and intimacy with God. You just need to climb atop of your situation and let the crisis become your blessing in disguise.1100439_65458582

Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, “shake well before using.” 

That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake
them well before they are ever usable.
–Vance Havner

Worship – We Were Made To Do It

Credited to S. Braswell  Sockxchng.comWorship is talked about a lot in the church today. The different styles of worship music can sometimes become a major stumbling block with church goers. Worship music style can sometimes be a main determining factor when families and individuals decide where they are to attend church. It’s understandable in a way; we all want to listen and sing and worship with the type of music we like. The problem is, worship isn’t about us and what we like. It’s about God and lifting Him up. Lifting God up and acknowledging that He is worthy and greatly to be praised. We are not worthy to be praised. When we worship in fullness and truth the type of music being played or sung will usually fall into the background of our minds and our focus become fixed on God. We were made to worship. Most of the time people take that God given desire and worship the wrong things, such as a mere mortal or themselves. Something to think about. I really enjoyed this video and hope you’ll watch it.

O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

Light of Jesus

I so enjoyed this blog post from Spirit Ministries that I wanted to share it with you my readers. Enjoy!

S.P.I.R.I.T Ministries

A friend of mine sent me this devotion the other day while I was at work. I thought to myself, God knows exactly what we need before we do. It was hot, my spirit was yearning for a drink of water. Just as I sat down to take a ten minute break, my phone began to go off. I jumped up, grabbed the phone which revealed this message to me.

“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Jesus in John 9:5. Jesus Christ was the Truth which illuminated the darkness of the misunderstanding of the world. As the disciples lived with Jesus, the light of the world cast His brightness and dispelled the doubts and fears and confusion of their minds. The light of Jesus’ love infused their emotions. His light brought brightness to their relationships with others. As long as the apostles…

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Are You Growing Weeds?

1161347_69352244Are problems overwhelming you? At times most people have felt burdened down with the problems or trials they were facing.When feeling this way, it’s far to easy to think on the negative side of things. Hopelessness can set in, which leads you to feel that nothing will ever get better. When hopelessness sets in you stop moving towards positive change and growth. It isn’t long before despair enters and then you are really in a bad place emotionally. When feeling like this, because of the negative mind-set you’re in, it’s hard to sense God’s presence. God is love, truth, light and peace. All of God’s attributes are positive and hopeful, and stand in opposition to negative feelings, such as hopelessness, despair, fear and worry. When you let the negative side of things take root in your mind you drown out the voice of the Holy Spirit. You mistakenly feel that God has left you, but He hasn’t. If you’re in right relationship with Him, you can be assured that He hasn’t left. The problem is, that you have let the cares this world choke out the word God has spoken to you. The word that promises to give you a hope and a future. The cares of this world have grown like weeds in the garden of your mind, so much so that the negative thoughts you’ve been thinking have overtaken the positive thoughts and God’s promises.1390045_49605298 Focusing on God’s promises and trusting that He means what He says will grow a lush green fertile garden in your mind. With a focus on God’s word you can experience hope, love and peace once again in your thought garden. To keep your garden free from the negative weeds growing up you need to weed daily.You may not like yard work, but it will keep your from being over run with nasty negative thought weeds and that is something I’m sure you’ll like.

Need To Be Re-Energized? Trust In God

963546_46343903Weariness, tiredness, lack of motivation, we all struggle with it from time to time. Many things can push us to the point of weariness, things such as: unanswered prayer, doubt and physical disabilities. All of these can lead us to become discouraged spiritually and weary physically. When we’re in a weakened state it can be tempting to give up, but God is omniscient. He know’s all our limitations and weaknesses. He wants to become your strength when you have no strength. He wants to become your hope when you feel hopeless. He wants for you to trust him and take him at his word. He is strong and when we trust in God we will become strong in Him and our strength will be renewed.

Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who 
trust in the Lord will find new strength.

They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

What Are You Refusing To Release?

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“…surrender your whole being to Him to be used for righteous purposes.” Romans 6:13(b)tev

 

 

 

      The heart of worship is surrendering
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The full acting out of the self’s surrender to God therefore demands pain: this action, to be perfect, must be done from the pure will to obey, in the absence, or in the teeth, of inclination”. C.S. Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Prayer For Guidance

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I ask for your wisdom today. Help me to discern your voice and apply your wisdom to my life’s circumstances today. While forgetting all that I know or think I know, I’ll rely on what you do know. Help me see more clearly the path ahead and establish my steps as I take each one in submission to you. Relaxing in the knowledge that my steps are those that you have for me to take. May I humbly press towards your will and purposes for your kingdom. Draw me closer to you as I walk and keep me forever inside your will, which is a safe haven for me.

Forever your daughter.

 

Proverbs 16:9
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The Wrestling Match

862415_58406763Job did it, Jacob did it, Jonah did it and we do it. Many, if not all of the people in the Bible have wrestled with God’s will. Job wanted to die, but God didn’t take him. Jacob wanted to rule, but God showed Jacob he was in charge. Jonah wanted to hate, but God said to love. We want our way and we don’t always get it. We don’t always like that which God allows or asks of us. What mother of a sick child delights in their child’s sickness? Who asks for declining health or loss of employment? These events can come upon us like a whirlwind. Can’t wait to talk to Job about his whirlwind one day. What about the unforeseen accident that renders you helpless or lifeless? The out of nowhere pink slip that leaves you wondering “where did I mess up?” Why do we react so strongly against what God is allowing in our lives? Why do we wrestle with what we know God is telling or asking us to do?

Fear, plain and simple. The all to familiar feeling that makes you sweat and hits you right in the gut. We fear that God is making a mistake. We’re afraid that we can’t handle or cope with what He’s allowed in our lives. We fear the process of change because we don’t like to hurt and change usually hurts. It’s just not easy. When we’re asked to change we have to move from familiarity to faith, as we tally up the costs we may determine we just can’t pay the price. It’s too high. “You’re asking me to go, do and accept what?” Fill in the blank. What comes to your mind? Besides the fear, we just like to have things our way. Life isn’t like a burger joint, where you decide you don’t want pickles and they’re instantly removed. No pickles for you or you just won’t buy that burger. Wrong! We don’t always get to pick and choose what happens to us. We struggle against the thought of having to eat pickles, because after all you’ve never liked pickles and it’s just ruining your burger. Enough about pickles. I actually like them, but you get my point. We want to stay wrapped up in our own cocoon of comfort. The cocoon of safety and familiarity will become a prison if we stay there too long. It will keep us from evolving from a caterpillar to a glorious butterfly. The fact is our life is like the weather. As they say in Tennessee “stick around long enough and it will change.” Did you catch that? I’ll repeat it, because I need to hear this myself. Your life is like the weather, stick around long enough and it will change. Oh, there are some things that never change. God never changes. The rising and setting of the sun never changes. The flow of the tide hasn’t changed and the fact of aging and death still eventually affect us all. Life though is mostly ever-changing. Even the skin cells on your body regenerate constantly. Even though God does not change, He’s in the changing business. In fact I believe He likes it. God’s all about change, changing us. Henry Blackaby stated in his book Experiencing God,  “You can’t stay the way you are and go with God.” We are called to change. God delights in our changing. We can’t be set free until we go through the process of releasing that which binds us. We can’t experience a renewed mind unless we go through the renewing process of replacing old thoughts, with new ones and that involves change. Change doesn’t happen overnight, so if we’re gonna serve a God that loves change we’ve got to be willing to accept change ourselves. Even when our heart is crying out, “No, no, no!” It’s not supposed to be this way. Who are we to question God? We are to submit our requests to Him, going confidently before the throne, I’ll be praying right along with you, but pray mostly for God’s will and your heart to be in agreement with His.

Our Pastor recently addressed a group of us at my church about an upcoming change that seemed to come about rather suddenly. Our “whirlwind”. He alluded to the fact that we have a false sense of control in our lives and it’s so true. We make our plans as if we by the making of them can override God’s. Sometimes things will go our way and we will be healed or be blessed in some way but,often times we won’t get what we ask for. Or if we do get an answer it’s different from what we had expected. We’re only kidding ourselves if we think we have control of our lives. We can’t even will our next breath. As painstaking as it is at times we need to let go and let God! If we don’t we may end up like Jonah, in the belly of a fish! We don’t have to like all that God allows. God understands our hurts and He feels them as well. We need to know that despite the pain we are we are growing. Our growing pains will mature us to be more Christlike. God in His infinite wisdom knows what’s best. Trusting Him and believing in faith that He is in control and truly loves us will bring our hearts to peace and then we will step away from the wrestling match of our will against God’s. God’s guidance and providence is stronger than we are and the sooner we realize that the better off we’ll be.