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Every young girl and women has a positive story about their life. That will help others just like you, to overcome life issues. Let’s help one another to learn that we can trust God with our life. Read More Here

Hit The Delete Button

The other day I was watching Joel Osteen on television and he was talking about deleting negative things people may say about us. A lot of times we accept negative criticism that people say to us like, “you are never going to amount to anything in life; you’re never going to be the person you think you are going to be when you grow up (doctor, lawyer, etc.)”. Read More Here

Dare To Be Different

I’m sure you’ve noticed how different human beings are! We’re all unique. Like the sun, the moon, and the stars mentioned in today’s scripture, God created each of us to be different from one another, and He did this on purpose. Each of us meets a need, and we are all part of God’s overall plan. Read More Here

God Made Us Unique Part 1

I prefer to use the word unique, because it stands out in my eyes. Can you even imagine if God made everybody the same? With the same favorite color, clothes styles, food etc. This world would be really boring. Read More Here

Friday, February 17, 2017

When it’s all said & done

Learning to pursue what truly matters

Years ago, I got to a place in my life where things were going pretty well… I had everything I pretty much asked for. Yet I still had this vague feeling of discontentment. Something was just not right on the inside.

Have you ever felt that way? Maybe you’ve wondered, What’s wrong with me?, like I did.       

Although I wanted all of the “fruit” of God’s spirit – love, joy, peace, patience – operating in my life, I wasn’t seeking it. So spiritually speaking, I wasn’t a very deep person. I has my priorities backwards…as many of us do at times. We want the money, the house, the promotion or whatever that thing is, So we pursue that rather than the true treasure of God’s presence.

But just like a tree needs deep, wide- reaching roots in order to support big, strong branches that can withstand the harsh elements of the outdoors, Christians need to be deeply rooted and grounded in the Word of God. It’s His love that sustains us- not our “stuff,”

 Don’t get me wrong. It’s okay to want nice things. But there’s a difference between desiring them and seeking them-and that’s something we’d be wise to focus on each day of our lives.

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  • What are you seeking in life? The word seek is an extremely strong word. It means “to crave, to pursue, to make sacrifices to get or go after something with all of your strength and all of your heart.” There are only a handful of things the Bible actually tells us to seek, including God himself, THE KINGDOM OF God, righteousness, peace, and love. Never once does it say we should pursue temporary, earthy things.

Every now and then, I think it’s good idea to do a little soul searching and ask yourself, What am I seeking? In other words, what do you spend most of your time doing? What do you talk about the most? What are you putting most of your energy into?

If you realized that you’ve been chasing things rather than God Himself, I encourage you to visualize your final hours. I know it’s not particularly pleasant to imagine, but if we just think realistically about what that day would look like, it might help us change the way we spend today.

  • How will putting God first change your day? If you have a strong inner life – that is, you know who are in Christ and you know that you’re right with God-then what goes on around you doesn’t have to matter all that much. In fact, it’s amazing what you can go through with smile on your face! You can be hurting pretty badly yourself and yet have a deep desire to help other people.

That’s when we know we’re mature sons and daughters of God-when our life isn’t wrapped up in what we want, what we think, and how we feel. Instead, we’ve wrapped up in what God has done in our lives and how we can help grow His kingdom while we’re still here on this earth.

You and I can have a lot of “stuff,” but there’s nothing more valuable in this life than knowing God loves us and that we’re right with Him. I believe that during our final hours, that’s what we’ll find to be truly important.

Matthew 6:33 says, But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

When you chase after God and make Him your first priority, then you’ll really get to know Him and He’ll give you the things that are right for you at the right time, and in the right way.

I’ve been a shallow person and I know what it like is to need something deeper. I want to encourage you to really chase after God; live each day of your life pursuing what really matters. Don’t spend your whole life in the shallow waters, wrapped up in what you want, think and feel. Let Him be first in your life-and you’ll soon discover it’s the most amazing way to live.

See Isaiah 55:6, 1Peter 3:11, and 1 Corinthians 14:1

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Lifestyle of Authentic Peace

I can’t overemphasize the importance of peace as a real and practical benefit of our covenant relationship with God. His peace should not be an infrequent surprise but an ongoing rule of our lives. The apostle Paul underscored the essential nature of peace in 2 Thessalonians 3:16.  Did you notice how crucial he considered peace to be? “At all times.” “In every way,” Peace can be possible in any situation.

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Isaiah used the word peace twenty-six times. God continually promised peace when His captives returned wholeheartedly to the Lord. The familiar messianic passage, Isaiah 9:6, identifies peace with Christ as the “Prince of Peace,” The next verse connects the Prince of Peace to His reign: Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne. Many of us have memorized the words of Isaiah 26:3: You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trust in you.

Did you see any hints of a common denominator trying these scripture together? Isaiah 9:7 perfectly portrays the key to peace authority. When we allow the Prince of Peace to govern our lives, peace either immediately or ultimately results. Peace accompanies authority.

Peace comes in situations that are completely surrendered to the sovereign authority of Christ. Sometimes when we finally give up trying to discover all the answers to the whys in our lives and decide to trust a sovereign God, unexpected peace washes over us like a summer rain. We sometimes lack peace in far less strenuous circumstance because we are not as desperate or as likely to turn them over to God.

I finally had to turn some of the hurt of my childhood over to God’s sovereign authority because I realized they would consume me like a cancer. When at last I allowed Him to govern everything concerning my past, not only did the Prince give me His peace, He actually brought good from something horrible and unfair. If you have not yet bowed the knee to God’s authority over areas of your circumstances; but you must believe, bend the knee, and learn to receive.

We must remember that bending the knee is ultimately a matter of pure obedience. You may never feel like giving your circumstance, hurt, or loss to Hi; but you can choose to submit to His authority out of belief and obedience rather than emotion. Obedience is always the mark of authentic surrender to God’s authority.

Isaiah 48:17 beautifully reveals the relationship between obedience, authority, and peace. God has a right to all authority because of who He is. Allow me to share my outlook on His right to complete authority. He is God , the creator of the heavens and the earth, the supreme Author of all existence. He reign over all, and in Him all things exist. He is the Lord, the Master and Owner of all living creatures. He is the covenant Maker and Keeper. He is holy. As Lord, He will never ask anything of us that is not right, good, and open to the light. He is perfect and undefiled. Lastly, He is Redeemer, the one who brought us from sin’s slave master so we could experience abundant life. He bought us to set us free. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).

Take pleasure in knowing that God inspired His Word with great care and immaculate precision. He chose every word purposely. When He said we could have peace like a river, He wasn’t drawing a loose analogy. He meant it. What does it take to have peace? Attention to God’s commands (by obedience) through the power of the Holy Spirit. Obedience to God’s authority not only brings peace like a river but righteousness like the waves of the sea. Not righteous perfection. Righteous consistency.

You see, God’s way is the safe way. The right way. And the only peaceful way in a chaotic world. I hope you’ve discovered that peace is not beyond your reach. It’s not a goal to meet one day. You can begin a life of authentic peace today. Right now. The path to peace is paved with knee prints. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… (Colossians 3:15).