Apr 13, 2021

Don't Despise the Day of Small Beginnings



Don't look at what you have and say, "I can't do anything great. I don't have a lot of talent." If you'll use what God's given you, He'll multiply it. He'll not only bring your dreams to pass, but He'll do more than you can ask or think.

Despise not small beginnings. You never really know what God is up to πŸ€”πŸ˜‰. 

Prayer: Father, thank You that You'll bring the increase as I trust in You. Thank You that a slingshot and five stones are enough to bring down a giant. I believe that nothing can keep me from my destiny. Help me to be obedient (whether it makes sense or not). Help me to trust. In Jesus' name, amen πŸ™.

Feb 18, 2021

Difficulties

Isaiah 41:8-20/AMPC - But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham My friend, you whom I [the Lord] have taken from the ends of the earth and have called from the corners of it, and said to you, You are My servant—I have chosen you and not cast you off [even though you are exiled]. Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I WILL STRENGTHEN YOU AND HARDEN YOU TO DIFFICULTIES, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice. Behold, all they who are enraged and inflamed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; they who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you but shall not find them; they who war against you shall be as nothing, as nothing at all. For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you! Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I will help you, says the Lord; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make you to be a new, sharp, threshing instrument which has teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, and shall make the hills like chaff. You shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest or whirlwind shall scatter them. And you shall rejoice in the Lord, you shall glory in the Holy One of Israel. The poor and needy are seeking water when there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the wild olive; I will set the cypress in the desert, the plane [tree] and the pine [tree] together, that men may see and know and consider and understand together that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

I realize that as God’s children, we aren't necessarily here to experience lavishly comfortable lives. In fact, we’re called to lay down our lives. And part of that means going through some hard, uncomfortable times. But it’s not because God is cruel. Not at all.

It’s because the enemy is cruel. He steals and kills and destroys, and our earth is shaking with those who have been wounded and don’t know the One who can strengthen them and hold them up.

But we do.

Because when we go through our hard times, keeping our eyes on Jesus, knowing that God Himself girds and strengthens us, not only are we living proof of the Hope within us, but because of what we’ve endured, we can authentically pray, reach out, understand, and point others toward the One who awaits with outstretched arms. 

Joshua 1:12-15 Then Joshua addressed the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. He said, 'Remember what Moses the servant of God commanded you: God, your God, gives you rest and He gives you this land. Your wives, your children, and your livestock can stay here east of the Jordan, the country Moses gave you; but you, tough soldiers all, must cross the River in battle formation, leading your brothers, helping them until God, your God, gives your brothers a place of rest just as He has done for you. They also will take possession of the land that God, your God, is giving them. Then you will be free to return to your possession, given to you by Moses the servant of God, across the Jordan to the east.' 

God can't harden us to difficulties ... if we never experience any. 

Lord, give us the grace to go through and be all that You've called us to be. Live Your life through us. Use us to help others to find peace, healing and victory, just like You have  helped us. Thy will be done. In Jesus' name, amenπŸ™. 




Jan 23, 2021

The Lord is Good


No matter what has happened in our lives, GOD IS GOOD. Believe that. God is good and He does not show partiality. In other words, He is good all the time; goodness is part of His nature. His goodness radiates from Him. 

Genesis 50:20, 21 - As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present outcome, that many people would be kept alive [as they are this day]. Now therefore, do not be afraid. I will provide for and support you and your little ones. And he comforted them [imparting cheer, hope, strength] and spoke to their hearts [kindly].

It is true that not everything in life is good, but God is ALWAYS good, and He will definitely turn negative situations into positive ones as we trust Him.

Father God, help us to trust in You and lean not on our own understanding. What our enemies mean for evil against us ... use for good and bring about the positive outcome You intend for our lives. In Jesus name, amen πŸ›. 







Sep 12, 2020

Choose to Think about God


Psalm 143:3-5 - The enemy has persecuted me, he has crushed my life down to the ground; he has made me dwell in dark places ... Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed and weak within me [wrapped in darkness]; My heart grows numb within me. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that You have done; I ponder the work of Your hands.

Feeling down? CHOOSE to think about God and His faithfulness/mercy vs your problems and worries. Negative thoughts and stressing drains your energy. Thinking about good things that God's done for you will lift your spirits, give you hope, and strengthen you.

CHOOSE to remember the good times and all the ways that the Lord has come through for you in times past. You may not know how, you may not know when, but He'll do it ... again. 

Father, help us to CHOOSE to think about You. May it add power to our life. In Jesus' name, amen πŸ™ 




Jun 2, 2020

Don't You Dare


Yet I totally trust You to rescue me one more time, so that I can see once again how good You are while I’m still alive. Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for He will never disappoint you. Psalm 27:13,14

Just because things didn't work out the way you thought they should is NO REASON to throw your hands up and give up on life. There are new doors of opportunity everywhere if you're asking, looking, waiting and believing. 

Allow the Lord to touch those areas of pain and disappointments to bring healing and renew your hope for a better tomorrow. 

You CAN and you WILL make it another day, if you have to hour by hour or moment by moment.

DON'T YOU DARE give up honey ... ever.

Father, I know You know what’s best for us and I thank You that You’re turning things around in our favor. Help us to let go of the old and believe for better. As we let go of pain and disappointments, I pray that you bring healing and renew our hope for a better tomorrow. In Jesus’ name, amen πŸ›.


Jan 19, 2020

Having Trouble?


Having trouble making decisions? Confused? Need God's leading?

Lord, please give us wisdom and organizational skills. May we just have a 'knowing' of which way to go and what to do. Help us to do everything with Holy Ghost ease. Give us favor with You and with man. I curse any attacks. In Jesus' name, amen πŸ™. 

May 11, 2019

Mother's Day Remembrance



This is the first Mother’s Day I will face without my mom. It will be different to say the least.

For those of you who knew my mom, you know that she was a prayer warrior and a peace maker. Though she struggled tremendously with her health in her latter years, she VERY RARELY ever complained. She suffered in silence for the most part, because she wanted to stand in faith believing for her healing and didn’t want others to hurt knowing she was hurting.

She was in the hospital last Mother’s Day and past away about 3 weeks later (due in part to Cirrhosis of the Liver). And as Mother’s Day approached this year, I found myself thinking, ‘How in the world did she endure all of that suffering? How in the world did she find the faith and hope to continue, when so many ailments seemed to plague her physical body?’ Well, if ever there was an example of someone looking to Jesus instead of focusing on themselves or their problems, it was CERTAINLY my mama. She found hope in Jesus and her DAILY belief in the verse she quoted every day to help keep her from depression and keep that faith and hope alive.

Psalm 118:24 - This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Yep, that’s it. That’s what it was all about for mom. Her motto to live by. Her confession of hope. And if you spent any length of time around her, you would hear her quote it and sometimes sing it.

You know, TRUE JOY IS NEVER DEPENDENT ON OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. And though we may know this in our head, it might be hard to walk out every day. Learning to choose joy in hard times takes effort and action on our part; it requires our hearts to be set on Jesus. God is faithful to help us, so that we can choose well. And we can be assured that in His grace, He has made every day, and for that gift itself we can ‘rejoice and be glad in it.’ No matter what we face, we can still believe in God’s goodness and love, for that’s what carries us through the most difficult of seasons.

We might be facing the toughest of times right now, but the truth is this, Jesus has STILL given us breath for today. He came to give us hope and freedom. He’s the very reason we can live with joy right in the midst of battles and have peace that is unexplainable to the world. He’s with us and will never leave us or  fail us. His love covers us. He gives us the strength to face every trial and obstacle with courage and grace. We can rest in the security that He brings. No matter what you’re up against, be confident in God’s unchanging love for you, ALWAYS.

To the best godly example on this earth I ever had, to the one who taught me how to NEVER GIVE UP, to the one who CONTINUALLY encouraged me to keep going despite all the illnesses that come against me (even though she always said it was the other way around, 'if you can do it, so can I'), to the BEST. MOM. EVER.

---- HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOM, I LOVE YOU ❤
Father, I pray that You surround Your children this Mother's Day with Your love. You are the best Father/Mother that anyone could ever have. Thank You that even if our father and mother abandons us, You will take us up and adopt us as Your own (Psalm 27:10). Help all to have a good day, though some are consumed with grief. May all find joy in Your presence (Psalm 16). May everyone get along. GIve grace to all the hard-working mothers out there. Bless them for their faithfulness. May we all have PEACE LIKE A RIVER. In Jesus' name, amen πŸ™





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See also: Believing for a Loved One   and   How's That Wait Thing Working Out?